Asiku return stalls Entebbe operations
(By James Bakama - newvision.co.ug)
January 11th, 2010
|Ugandan boxer Jackson Asiku displays his belts on arrival at the airport yesterday alongside his manager Christian Craig (left). UPBC boss Celestino Mindra (right) received him
WORK at Entebbe Airport almost came to a standstill as IBO featherweight champion Jackson Asiku returned home yesterday.
Airport staff, incoming and outgoing passengers struggled for a glimpse of the professional boxer who held aloft his IBF Australasian and IBO belts. He was accompanied by his manager Craig Christian and trainer Yonathan Periatna.
A smiling Asiku was showered with camera shots from waiting journalists as he strode out of the arrivals. Relatives and fans ululated as they greeted the prize fighter. His team was later driven in a Hummer to the city.
“I appreciate the support. But I also feel its time Ugandans watched me fight live,” said Asiku, who wants to have a fight in Kampala before a mandatory defence in March.
He last fought in Uganda in 2005 when he knocked out Zambia’s Saulus Kaunda to win the Africa Union featherweight title. He knocked out Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz last year to win the IBO title.
He is USPA sportsman of the year contender together with Heathens rugby club, Brian Umony and Moses Kipsiro. Asiku was twice voted sportsman of the month.
Samson Opus adds that welterweight Isaac ‘Zebra’ Senyange had to dig deep in his drawer to overcome Musa Kibirige of UPDF as the national open got underway yesterday.