Francis Cheka, who retained UBO title on Saturday evening in Morogoro, has strongly insisted for sponsorship availability to boost professional boxing in the country.
Cheka, who floored Ugandan Sedyala Med in a competitive boxing bout at the Jamhuri Stadium here, said the profession is at risk of disrepute.
He said sponsors have shunned boxing while overlooking its devotion to the public.
He said the Government has only been verbal that sports would ease employment problems but so far there is no adequate support to promote the boxing.
He said there was no support from either angle during the build up to his latest title defence encounter against the well-drilled Ugandan boxer.
Cheka, who laboured to outplay the Ugandan, said it’s high time the Government and other firms in the country to take note of boxing which might plunge deep into undesirable depths.
The Morogoro based boxer said
the boxing profession has come at crucial moment and needs an urgent support to keep it floating.
Cheka won the weekend bout but admitted that his opponent was formidable and gave him hard times during the show.
He said the Ugandan’s prowess was initially played down by most of his Morogoro fans but when he stepped into the ring it was a different story altogether.
Though all the three judges unanimously approved him as the winner for the event, Med remains a boxer to reckon with.
However, the Ugandan has sought for rematch.