Former world champion Kassim Ouma, nicknamed The Dream, earned a major boost ahead of his scheduled bout against Kenyan Rayon Okwir on Boxing Day (December 26) after weighing heavier than his opponent.
Ouma, who won the IBF junior middleweight belt in 2004, weighed 72.5 kilograms compared to Okwiri’s 71.9 kilograms during the weigh-in event held at Fairway hotel in Kampala.
Normally, such wins at the tale of the tape provide psychological boost to the fighters ahead of fights.
Dubbed the ‘Rumble in Kampala’, the Ouma versus Okwiri contest will headline a number of under-card bouts that will feature regional and national titles at the Lugogo Cricket Oval.
It is worth noting that Ouma, who now based in Germany after switching from the United States of America (USA) some years back, will be fighting for the first time in Uganda as a professional boxer. Most of his bouts during his professional career were staged in the USA.
Despite being past his prime, Ouma is keen to impress the home fans by winning the bout against Okwiri, who is a two-time Olympian.
Meanwhile, the weigh-in event ended dramatically as Okwiri charged at Ouma, threatening to punch him right away. The two fighters had to be separated by officials.