He is not only a heavy puncher, he is also a big talker. Alex Masiko has vowed to knockout Hungarian Champion Istvan SZÜCS in the third round of the World Kickboxing federation sanctioned K-1 title fight. The Hungarian is also the new PRO-AM European Champion with a lot of experience in K-1 (Full Body contact)Style.
The five-round fight scheduled to take place this Friday 25th July at the MTN Arena in Lugogo Kampala promises to be an action packed thriller. Masiko will take on the Hungarian Champion in a Lightmiddleweight – 72,30Kg/159 lbs category
The Other main event of the night will feature National Female Kickboxer Patricia Apolot defending her national title against Jackie Nasimbwa in Lightweight – 60 Kg/132 lbs category.
The 29 year old Masiko who boasts of four professional fights and only one loss to his name, started serious kickboxing as a career in 2011.He has since risen to challenge the very best in the sport.
A mukiga from Kabale, Masiko first started with Kong-fu while in Primary School in the early 90’s. He later joined boxing when he came to Kampala in 2000. He then went to Iraq to learn Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (a combat sport of martial art consisting of grappling and striking techniques) where he holds a Blackbelt before working for the American Embassy.
After returning to Uganda, Masiko embarked on intensive training in other forms of Taekwondo with coach Kakande Swaleh at the YMCA in Kampala. And he has recently shifted tothe Uganda National Taekwondo Training and fitness Arena in Kisugu-Kibuli where Chano8 found him undergoing serious preparations under the guardianship of Instructor and Veteran Kick boxing Coach Othieno Waryaro from Colosseum Fitness Center – Nairobi.
“I am very prepared and ready to knock down this man. I know his style of fight and i have prepared very well. He is good in K-1 style but i know many styles and trained in a variety of martial arts. So i will knock him out in the third. If it exceeds that, then it will be only to entertain my fans.” A confident Masiko told Chano8 in an exclusive interview.
His manager Bob Kabushenge agrees with him and adds that, much as the sport has little or no sponsorship, Ugandans are very talented and passionate about it. Most of the marketing has been single handedly done by motor- mouth Golola Moses, who has made it a prominent sport.
He asks government and who ever cares about the sport to come to their rescue as they lack any form of support and facilities. However, he insists this will not deter them from pursuing their mission to improve the game and produce more champions from Uganda.
“Masiko has a lot of passion for what he does. His opponents respect him for his heavy punches and kicks. He has prepared well despite challenges of lack of sponsorship. I am confident that he will win come Friday. So all fans of kickboxing should turn up in big number to witness it”. Kabushenga concluded
There will be several undercard fights lined up and an after party for the fans at Club Rouge after the fights. Entry fee for the fights is 10,000/= and VIPs pay 20,000/= and 30,000/= respectively. The event is organized and promoted by Magic of Hunnia Ltd.