Businessman Moses Muhangi has said Boxing needs re-branding in-order to change the image and attract sponsorship.
Muhangi who specialises in Real Estate Business will contest against outgoing Kenneth Gimugu for the presidency of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) on November 11th.
The 31-year old former boxer told URN in an interview that he is not coming to the sport to earn a salary or travel around the world, but to offer good leadership to change things. “ It is not a do-or-die for me come election day, but I am determined to get into Boxing leadership and turn things round because I think the sport has big potential,” added Muhangi.
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Asked about the constant vanishing of national team boxers when they travel to Europe for competitions. Muhangi said he does not blame them much because the conditions in Uganda are not the best.
But he made it clear that if he is elected he will make sure that he makes it easy for the boxers to join the paid ranks in Europe by being in contact with several clubs around the world. “The federation will keep in contact with clubs in Europe so that when opportunities come, then discussions are held so that the boxers get blessings. It is good for our boxers to turn professional because that is also development instead of returning to places like Bwaise when they have not developed in the sport and improved their lives,” added Muhangi.
In September three boxers David Ayiti, Geoffrey Kakeeto and African welterweight champion Muzamiru Kakande vanished in Germany after participating at the 2017 AIBA World Championships in Hamburg.
Godfrey Nyakaana, a former Commonwealth medalist and professional boxer also told URN that the sport needs so many changes. “ I will not support anyone for the position, but I think it is high time the clubs vote wisely because boxing has had so many issues in the past and must settle after these elections,” added Nyakaana who is the Federation patron.