It will be battle royale this evening as Kenya’s James Onyango fights Ugandan Patrick Atuhaire in a Commonwealth Boxing Council-Africa welterweight title at the Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.
Atuhaire, who arrived in the country on Tuesday promised to floor his local opponent and claim the belt he so dearly seeks as a platform for an international career.
“I first want to thank God that I was selected to fight in the inaugural CBC-Africa championship and I have prepared very well for it,” said Atuhire during the weigh in at the Pink Casino. “I have been waiting for this day and the belt too and I feel physically fit ahead of tomorrow (today). I want to just take my title and go home, that’s why I am here.”
“I don’t care if I am fighting the Kenyan champion or not, my aim is to be at the top of the world and I hope this (fight) will help in my ranking.”
“I need to be at the top and touch the WBC (title),” added Atuhaire, a big fan of Floyd Mayweather. However, Onyango insists Atuhaire should not be so sure since it is the ring that will decide. “I am the punisher and I am certain I will punish him thoroughly,” said Onyango. “I have prepared well for this fight. I have never fought him before but I have been studying his opponents and I don’t see any who can come anywhere close to my status.”
“I have fought very tough opponents and this gives me an advantage heading into this fight. If he has not trained well, it will be very unfortunate,” he warned. “I am under no pressure to perform. Remember I am at home and the fight favours me. The fans will be on my side too and I don’t see him giving any problems.”
More fights are on the cards as East Africa featherweight champion Sarah Achieng battles Everlyne Odero in a national lightweight bout, Fred Nyakesa fights John Gicharu in a national lightweight bout while Nick ‘Kanyankole’ Otieno will be up against Elijah Miringie in a non-title bantamweight show.