Boxing is among the many games which were severely affected by the current COVID-19 lockdown in the country.
Since the announcement of the lockdown in March, all the boxers have been home without any Boxing engagements and benefits.
Africa’s heavyweight Champion Shafik Kiwanuka “Killing Machine” has thus come out and appeal for support in this trying period.
While speaking to a local newspaper, Bukedde, Kiwanuka decried hunger as the major factor that has made him lose weight from 105Kgs to 87Kgs in just a month.
“I’m appealing for support from the general public because this Coronavirus crisis might even leave me dead. Before it’s outbreak, I used to eat five meals per day but I’m starving now and even loosing weight. A month back, I was weighing 105Kgs but I have dropped to 87 and I expect the trend to continue if I fail to access food,” said Kiwanuka.
Kiwanuka, under the management of Great Strikers International owned and Chaired by Luweero Member of Parliament hopeful and tycoon Sam Buchanan, called out for any necessary support to bail him out with the fate of lifting the lockdown still in the balance.
Kiwanuka cries foul at a time when his boss Buchanan extended food relief donations of over 600Kgs of Posho to the people of Luweero last week.
Before the lockdown, Kiwanuka was in preparations for his 4th professional fight dubbed Universal Boxing Council Intercontinental Championship fight against Egyptian Sammy Abdallah.
The fight is slated for Friday 29th May 2020 at the International University of East Africa Auditorium.
This is Kiwanuka’s fourth fight in the paid ranks after victories against Kenyan David Kamara, DRC’s Tyson Mbikayi and Zimbabwean Thamsang Dube.
Regional coordinator Anthony Mwamba will supervise the 12 round contest, but the fight will only happen if situation returns to normalcy after the lockdown.