EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Odeke Keeps Vow, Takes Out Sulaiman In The Second Round

click geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%; text-align: justify;”>One minute, view his giant opponent, medicine Tanzanian Ashiraf Sulaiman was being cautioned for an unclear and illegal head butt an action he vehemently denied instead accusing Odeke of the egregious boxing sin. The next minute Odeke feigned as if to hug the Tanzanian, stepped back, and hit him hard, twice first with a quick left hook and then with a devastating right hand.

Uganda’s Kenneth Odeke

Ashiraf Sulaiman fell to the canvas, knocked out, dazed, confused. He would not rise for several minutes.

The Tanzanian had failed heed one of boxing’s basic rules: protect oneself all times. He paid for it dearly.

Uganda’s Kenneth Odeke talking to Journalists after the fight

The crowd seemed all behind Mr. Bad News Odeke as they cheered the undefeated Ugandan boxer. In fact they shouted loudly as Odeke relished his new found stardom with each passing minute.

“I’m tired beating up African boxers; I want to contend for World titles. He did a mistake like I had anticipated, in the ring you protect yourself at all times but he is too heavy for nothing,’’ Odeke said after the knockout. ‘’ I didn’t even need the three rounds to knock him out as I had promised my fans.’’

Uganda’s Kenneth Odeke talking to the MC of the night after the fight

The question now, as always, is whether Kenneth Odeke who needed only one round to Kenyan James Omollo on his professional debut last April and followed up with a third round knockout over Joseph Ayeko another Kenyan last December will actually fight high up where the likes of Joseph Lubega are.

Odeke had walked slowly into MTN Arena’s ring, the Ugandan flag aloft, and he did not smile, at least until he stepped into the ring.

‘’I’m not a dirty or weak fighter, the umpires were unfair,” Ashiraf Sulaiman said afterward.

Kenneth Odeke Celebrates

All week, Odeke had vowed to thump his Tanzanian foe, who outweighed him by 14 kilograms; 91: 115 after Friday 14th weigh-in. And he did engage, early and often, feeding Sulaiman with a steady diet of punches considering his height advantage.

In the second round, Odeke landed two big rights that snapped back Ashiraf Sulaiman’s head and heavy frame down with no return. The Ugandan counted out at 2minutes 19 seconds of the round.

Tanzania’s Ashiraf Sulaiman worms up before the fight

The Uganda Boxing Union organized fight which was televised live on NBS TV also had undercards middle weight Uganda Dr. Robert Kamya defeat Kenyan Oliech Mark ii all 10 rounds after judges’ decision.

The boxing fans who thronged MTN Arena in bizarre numbers can only hope Uganda Boxing Union CEO Patrick Semambo organizes more fights regularly.


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