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Boxer Remy Iga is thrilled by the prospect of winning his maiden professional career title after eight years of waiting.

On April 28, the former national amateur boxing team star will fight Sony Kalule for the UPBC super flyweight at Club Obbligato in Kampala.

“It’s been a long, painful period of waiting but this confirms that patience pays,” 29-old-year Iga said on Saturday, March 16 after his manager/trainer Mike Kizza confirmed the upcoming bout.

Iga, who boasts of 14 victories (seven knockouts) and one loss, switched to paid ranks in 2005 after a largely successful amateur career in which he won two national Open championship titles.

“I’m very happy to get this title shot and it’s a must-win for me; there’s no chance for him (Kalule),” Iga, the 2001/2 Ugandan amateur flyweight champion, stated.

He added: “I cannot predict any knockouts at the moment. Kalule is good but he can’t beat me; I have the experience and better skills.”

If Kalule’s record of two wins and seven losses is anything to go by, then Iga’s comments cannot pass for the usual fighters’ cocky stance. For instance, Kalule has not tested victory in the ring since July 2009 (when he defeated Medi Sserunjogi), suffering four losses in a row.  His latest defeat (on May 27, 2012) to Raymond Ssentongo was through a unanimous point decision over four rounds.

Iga has had the opposite trend; winning four consecutive bouts ever since the only career defeat at the hands of Kenyan Emilio Norfat on November 6, 2011. That said, boxing is a sport of surprises and shocks; so, Kalule cannot completely be written off against Iga, who goes into the bout as overwhelming favourite. Some of Iga’s former amateur rivals who include Mudde Ntambi, Martin Mubiru and Festus Omondi have already fought for titles in their professional careers.

Iga partly blames his former managers, Big Striker Promotions, for the delayed chance. “They overlooked some of us at the expense of (Badru) Lusambya,” he remarks, before applauding his new promoters for offering him the title shot in a short span.

According to Kizza, the title bout between Iga and Kalule will headline the third card organized by FistKnights Boxing Promotions (FBP). On the undercard, UPBC light middleweight champion Mustafah Katende will take on Kenyan Benard Markoliech in a warm-up contest. Katende clinched the belt after stopping Meddie Bukenya on January 20 this year and plans his maiden defence in May.

Also, bantamweight prospect Frank Kiwalabye will fight Robert Ssemboze in the other highly-billed undercard match up. In his last contest, Kiwalabye stopped Hamza Olum in the sixth round of a scheduled eight-round bout.

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