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IBF Africa Update



The Republic of Uganda was one of the African boxing power houses in the 1970s. A couple of big names like Ayub Kalule (46(23)-4(4)-0 and John Mugabi ” The Beat” (42(39)-7(6)-1) both former Light Middleweight champions of the world and several others ruled Uganda’s boxing industry.

Uganda is now revitalizing its boxing stocks with couple of professional boxing tournaments scheduled throughout the year. This presents opportunity for its boxers to do well in their international tournament outings and under a good management of “Uganda Professional Boxing Commission (UPBC)” the sole sanctioning body, the country is certainly doing better.

NOW, enter Solomon Bogere 11-1-2 (14) a pound for pound slugger who has managed to demolished most of his opponents while losing only one fight in his professional boxing career so far! Bogere can be likened to John Mugabi “The Beast” who terrorized most of his opponents in the US and Europe in the 80s! He has no fear at all when confronting his opponents and those who knows him admit that he is one of the boxers whose career would determine the country’s professional boxing progress!

Professional boxing pundits are busy matchmaking Solomon Bogere to the Benin’s “Warrior” Soule Keke for the impending “IBF AMEPG Jr. Welterweight Crown”. This possibility has already elicited lots of excitements to the boxing fans in both Uganda and Benin.

When all is said and done with, both camps will go back to their drawing boards to embark on the strategies to win this duel. As for Soule Keke the “Warrior” from Republic of Benin, all what he want is a good opponent who can go to the distance with him. He want to give his country a “present” and nothing would be better than a good fight in Cotonou, the Capital City of this cocoa producing nation.

Bogere’s astute movements in the ring is liken to that of great “Sugar Ray Leonard”, the boxing “King” who ruled the same weight division from 70s to 90s! He dances to the boos as well as cheers of the spectators and he confined to some of his close friends that he is more at home when fans boos to him! It fires him when fighting in the hostile ground as it make his punches more poisonous!

Another possible opponent being considered is the Ghanaian “flamboyant and boastful” boxer Theophilus Tetteh 13 (6)-6(1)-2 who is known for his ferocity to inflicts damages on his opponents bodies. Tetteh’s canning behavior with his opponents is likened to his country’s great boxers. He has nothing to lose whether fighting at home ground or abroad. He is what many boxing pundits would call a “Journeyman”!

So, would it be Bogere or Tetteh who confront the Benin’s Soule Keke? This is one billion dollars question need to be answered before July 19, 2013 as the boxing fans in the Republic of Benin and all over Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf wait enthusiastically! The whole world is waiting to know who will confront the Benin’s “WARRIOR” SOULE KEKE.