Injustice cost us, says Lubega

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A week after losing his eighth professional fight and the WBC Asia Council Continental light heavyweight title by unanimous decision to homeboy Dimitry Sukhosky at Sports Palace, Barnaul, Russia, Ugandan prize-fighter Joseph ‘Joey Vegas’ Lubega squarely blames it on injustice.

Lubega, now 16 (KO9) -8 (KO3)-1 says that he and fellow Ugandan Mustafa Katende, who lost to another Russian Artem Merzlikin, fought expressly better than their Russian opponents but suffered a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

“I really fought well, far better than him (Sukhosky) but I was shocked losing on the scorecards,” Lubega wondered. “Katende also deserved to win, but God knows what the judges thought.”

Lubega, the former WBC-I champion says that he had aantage over Sukhosky in speed and intelligence.

“I was faster and more intelligent than him. He only was taller than me but I did all it takes to win a bout,” he told Daily Monitor on Tuesday. “Home aantage was his weapon a knockout would have countered it.”

Having suffered an embarrassing first-round defeat to South African Ryno Liebenberg on March 1, Lubega expressed concern for a second loss in row.

“I am really worried that I have lost two title contests in quick succession, my rankings have diminished, so I have to work hard to bounce back.”

The former African Boxing Union light heavyweight champion also refuted suppositions that he might be engaging in the so-called fights-to-lose in which (especially) foreign fighters participate in predetermined bouts, just for money.

He said “You know, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Professional boxing is a job, and winning gives you a bigger pay. Why then should one settle for less?”

assemugabi@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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