By the third round, Camacho had stopped attacking his opponent but concentrated on holding Tugume to avoid more punches and take some time to rest.
Ugandan Kickboxer Titus Tugume on Thursday defeated American John
Camacho in the intercontinental kickboxing championship.
Although the fight that was sanctioned by the International Mixed Martial Arts
Federation goes for five-round, Tugume made the work easy at the contest held
at Speke Resort Munyonyo. The event climaxed at close to 11; 00 pm and was
attended by Government officials, kickboxing fans and officers from the UPDF.
Tugume 35 applied a lot of stamina by putting a lot of positive pressure on the
tactical 17-year-old Camacho. Camacho weighs 73.75 Kilograms while Tugume
weighs 77.65 kilograms.
The first round started slow for Tugume as Camacho applied combinations of
kicks and punches tactfully and moved a lot in the ring, however, the second
and third round paid off as a much determined Tugume kept on attacking and
countering Camacho aiming for an uppercut.
By the third round, Camacho had stopped attacking his opponent but concentrated
on holding Tugume to avoid more punches and take some time to rest.
Camacho appeared done by the third round of the championship forcing the
referee Alfonse Kaka from Kenya to decide a technical knockout hence declaring
Tugume the winner of the title.
Camacho’s coach Reuben said he had to call off the fight as Camacho appeared
tired. He attributed this to the four-day flight to Uganda and the fact that
they did not have the time to rest before the fight.
Tugume hailed Camacho for the contest. He praised the UPDF for allowing him an
opportunity to participate in the championship.
Initially, Tugume was meant to fight American Robert Niemoeller but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus.