Boxer Juma Miiro suffered a shocking early elimination in hands of Edrine Ojambo at the 2021 National Team Trials that got underway on Saturday in Lugogo.
Miiro was handed a split decision loss, 4-1, with all but one of the five judges calling it in Ojambo’s favour.
Miiro was a ghost of his former self and failed to produce a spark that saw him win a bronze medal in the flyweight of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Fighting in Bantamweight this time, Miiro had a slow start as Ojambo displayed impressive skills while landing his combinations amidst loud cheers from a sizeable crowd of fellow boxers.
Miiro kept on showing his discontent with the ref and tried to attack relentlessly but just could not land a big punch.
Going into the last round, Miiro who was seconded by Tokyo Olympian Shadir Musa Bwogi, knew he needed a big performance to overturn the scorecard.
But he was simply out-foxed by a better on the day and was forced back on some occasions, slightly staggered midway the bout before the final bell.
The loss continues to reveal more work for Miiro who will have to contemplate about his future in the next days.
Miiro also lost the 2019 National team trials (Road to Olympics) fight against Kabuuka Moses in the Quarters.
Since winning the Bronze medal, he has sttuggled to cement his status back home, and will blame the Hand injury that kept him out of action for a little while.
Edrine Ojambo Oozing With Confidence:
Miiro’s tormentor Ojambo spoke with determination after the fight and sent out warning bells to everyone who will be standing in his way.
The kid from Nakawa stated: “This is a big achievement for me, I have worked for this. Its a reflection of what I have been putting in during all the sleepless and tireless workouts.
“I still have many fighters to face, and am ready to fulfil my dreams. I want to go a long distance, and all the way.
“I did not know that I was going to face Juma Miiro, I found out after the draw sheet was issued out. We are friends (with Miiro), but I had to put that aside and focus on business during the ring.”
Ojambo who dropped out of school in 2017 (Kololo SS) to pursue his boxing dreams, is trained by his dad Jamada Nsereko.
He also helps his Dad at the carpentry Workshop in Nakawa.
Just like his brother Yusuf Nkobeza, the two brothers want to fulfill the boxing dream that his dad failed.
“My Dad told me that he will never watch my fights for some personal reasons, but he has been there for me and he has encouraged and tasked me to reach where he fell short.
“I have watched the Commonwealth Games on TV and I believe that this is a start of my long journey there. I am confident, am going to work hard and harder.”