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Funding in African Sports: Uganda’s Heroe Kick Boxer Moses Golola Finding Ways to Fund His Kickboxing Academy

Muay Thai is a form of martial art practice in large parts of the world. It has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport.

This is the art of fight that Uganda’s kick boxing star, Moses Golola is aiming to finish his academy. He has camped in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to prepare himself for the Black Belt Muay Thai contest with Tanzanian champion, Emmanuel Shija.

Moses Golola, who will host a one- day tourney dubbed “one Region one Champion,” according to the Daily Monitor, a Ugandan News Paper.  Apparently, he wants to extend his kickboxing influence to the Kenyans so that he can get money to finish his academy project in kawempe.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“I want to thump Emmanuel Shija again in front of the Kenyans so that they know I’m not a joking subject. I have dominated Ugandan kickboxing for so long and now it’s time to try out life in Kenya,”[/perfectpullquote]

he told Daily Monitor.

This will be the second time Golola fighting with Shija after the 2014 fight that took place at Crested Crane Hotel in Uganda.

Since that fight, Shija has been camping in Thailand for revitalization a head of the fight. However, Golola insists he will stop Shija again on Saturday, in round one.

“I have made improvements in the K1 and Muay Thai styles. I know that if I win, even President Yoweri Museveni will remember the contribution promise he made for my academy,” he told Daily Monitor.

Golola hopes he can put kickboxing at a higher level in East African countries.

On one of his recent domestic fights with Titus Tugume, a soldier from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces. He had one of the quickest victories in Ugandan history. He managed to knock out Tugume in just seconds.

Internationally, he hasn’t enjoyed that level of success, in 2014 he lost the Intercontinental belt to America’s kickboxer Richard Abraham in a five round fight. To Ugandans, it is how he lost that matters.

Although he was clearly outclassed, he did not give up. He kept on fighting until he had nothing left. It’s that attitude that has won over fans in Uganda.


Featured Photo: Courtesy of Red Pepper

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