Monday, July 26
Boxing: Younes Nemouchi (Algeria) Vs David Ssemujju Kavuma (Uganda)
Time: 12:18pm (Ug time)
Weight: Men’s middleweight (69-75kgs)
Venue: Kokugikan Arena
Channel: Supersport (Dstv) & Sanyuka tv (StarTimes)
Uganda’s Middleweight champion David Kavuma Ssemujju will have a lot to fight for when he makes his Olympics debut this Monday against a familiar opponent.
Ssemujju steps into the ropes against Algerian Younes Nemouchi.
Ssemujju who was Uganda’s main hope in the Africa Olympic Qualifier games in Dakar Senegal lost the semifinal to Nemouchi 4-1.
Then, Nemouchi produced good backfoot boxing skills to overcome Ssemujju and hence all but ended his Olympics dream.
Ssemujju later had to play a box-off, which he lost against Cameroonian Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue by split decision 3-2.
His last chance was the Global Qualifiers in Paris which where later cancelled. The Ugandan had to secure a spot for the 2020 Olympic Games through the IOC Boxing Task Force thanks to his ranking.
And he has been given a rematch of sorts. A blessing in disguise?
Ssemujju will be seeking for revenge but will be under enormous pressure to deliver after Uganda’s first bomber Catherine Nanziri was eliminated earlier by Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki on Sunday.
In addition, Ssemujju will be targeting to clinch the first win for a Ugandan boxer at the games since Sam Rukundo in Athens (2004).
“I am ready mentally and physically to outcompete this guy and take my revenge as well,” Ssemujju said.
“I lost to him in Dakar and since then I feel I have made enough revision to do a boxing retake.
“One of our coaches (Patrick Lihanda) is a two time Olympic and he has given me all sorts of skills I can use to win the fight.”
Ssemujju who was recently seeded second in Africa, is the reigning silver medalist holder in the all Africa games that were in Rabat Morroco in 2019.
He also represented Uganda at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Goldcoast Australia where he was forced to drop over 10kgs to fight in light welterweight (64kgs). He lost instantly to England’s Luke McCormack.
Ssemujju is an aggressive and brave fighter with an ability to hunt down the prey all over the ring.
The Story of Ssemujju’s Opponent Nemouchi
Nemouchi who is 27 years, a year younger than Ssemujju, began his boxing career in 2010.
Nemouchi booked his ticket to Tokyo thanks to his performance at the 2020 African Olympic Qualification Tournament in Dakar, Senegal, where he eliminated Ssemujju on his way to winning the middleweight category at the tournament.
However, he almost missed a chance to take part in the Qualifiers held in Dakar.
“I knew I would be travelling to Dakar only four days before the competition,” he is quoted.
He got his chance for the Dakar Qualifiers after one of his teammates in the Algerian national team squad fell ill just a few days before the event was due to start.
And the rest is history.
Since beating Ssemujju and that final bout – a final against DR Congo’s David Tshama – Nemouchi has racked up six fights (since february last year) winning four and losing two.
The same cannot be said of Ssemujju.
Ssemujju has been resting, no friendlies and only doing daily trainings for almost a year.
As Ssemujju has been resting, Nemouchi was busy fighting against the best boxers in the world in the middleweight including serbia’s Sandro Poletan, Ukrain’s Dmytro Rybalka, Hungary’s Csaba Diossi, Lewis Richardson from UK and Turkey’s duo of Birol Aygun and Sertac Karakaya.
Nemouchi is a member of the Constantine Warriors Sports Club (Algeria).