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Simbwa Punches Out Nigeria's Lawal

Ugandas heavyweight boxer, Regan Simbwa, has stopped Lukmon Lawal of Nigeria to storm the quarter finals at the on-going 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
Nigeria’s Lukmon Lawal (L) at the 2012 London Olympics.
Ugandas heavyweight  boxer, Regan Simbwa, has stopped Lukmon Lawal of Nigeria to storm the quarter finals at the on-going 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Simbwa who is making his debut at the Games out-smarted the Nigerian 4-1 in a contest that took place at the Oxenford Studios Boxing Arena.

The Ugandan boxer will now face 19-year old Sammy Lee at the quarter final stage on Wednesday. The Wales boxer got a bye into the quarter finals. Victory in the quarter final will see Simbwa enter the medal winning bracket. Lee is a seven time Welsh champion and 2 time British champion.

“ We are are excited about Simbwa's win. We call upon Ugandans to keep praying for our three boxers who are at the quarter final stage,” Moses Muhangi, Chairman of the Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) told URN.

On Tuesday two Ugandan will be tussling it out in the ring as Juma Miiro faces Kenya's Shaffi Hassan in the 46-49kg weight category, while Shadir Musa Bwogi battles Pat McCormack (England) in the 69kg category.

Two Ugandan boxers David Semujju (64kg) and Nasir Bashir (56kg) lost in the first round in their respective weight categories.

In badminton, Uganda's players will be back in action on Tuesday in the individual events as Edwin Ekiring faces South Africa's Cameroon Coetzer, and Brian Kasirye takes on Douglas Clark (Falklands Islands) in the first round. Later Uganda will field two teams Ekiring/Bridget Shamim Bangi and Kasirye/Aisha Nakiyemba in the first round of the mixed doubles.

The team of Ronald Nyaika and Halima Nambozo will also be in action on Tuesday in table Tennis. Nyaika will open his men's singles campaign against Aghley Robinson (Northern Ireland) before he takes on Dexter St. Louis (Trinidad & Tobago) in Group 11. Nambozo will face Li Sian Alie Chang (Malaysia) and Anna Hursey (Wales) in Group 9.

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