Preparations for the non-title welterweight fight between Chikondi Makawa and Ugandan Kenny Lukyamuzi scheduled for June 20 in Kampala, Uganda has started despite the coronavirus pandemic in that country.
Uganda is one of the countries worldwide that has registered cases of the coronavirus with 44 cases so far and is on lockdown for 21 days to contain the spread of the virus.
But Anigo Promotions, Private Body Guards and Ushers, who are organisers the fight, held a press briefing on Sunday at HBT Hotel in Kampala.
Pomoter Richardson Kigozi said they are ready to hold the fight with a music show, featuring Afrigo Band, Music Diva Spice Diana, MC Mariachi and John Blaq.
Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC) vice-president Simon Katongole and UPBC technical official Abbey Mugayi, said in an interview with a Ugandan newspaper, The Observer, that all is set for the bout.
With 10 fights, three losses, a draw and six wins [one victory by knock out], Lukyamuzi has vowed to win.
“I promise to win this bout against Makawa. I am training well and will continue to train until the fight comes. I have to floor him down. Experience will not matter on the day but rather my skills. I thank my promoter, my fans, HBT Hotel management and the gym services provided to me,” he said.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board president Lonzoe Zimba confirmed that he is aware of the bout, but doubtful if it would take place.
“Uganda has closed its borders due to the pandemic. I don’t think the fight will take place,” he aid
Makawa, who has 27 fights, drew once, lost 12 and won 14 believes by June the pandemic will be gone.
He said: “I am hopeful that the fight will still take place, considering June is two months away. I am just keeping my fingers crossed.”
The fight is a stepping stone for me. By then the virus will be contained and the borders will open. I am still training and not relaxing.