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Patricia Opolot gears up for 17th career fight

Ross Form publicist Rebecca Kisakye(right) hands over some of the mattresses to kick-boxer Patricia Opolot.  Photo by Shaban Lubega.

After months of anticipation and anxiety, the date for the reigning World Kickboxing Federation International title holder, Patricia Apolot’s, next fight has finally been set.

Apolot who last stepped into the ring on September 26, will battle with Serbian Ivana Bogdanovic in a five round non-title fight at Soroti Hotel on December 9.

As part of her ongoing “Giving back to the community” initiative, all proceeds from the fight will go to the needy within the region.

“People are wondering why I keep having non-title fights,” said Apolot at the launch of her latest fight.

“The reason is that no one wants to fight me in a title fight. They are scared,” she said.

She said she wants to help the sport grow and is looking forward to getting someone to challenge her for the title.

Apolot defeated Egyptian Asma Ali in September in Kumi district.

Like it was before her last fight, Apolot and her camp have been boosted by Ross Form, a mattress company who have donated 20 mattresses to the cause and Hima Cement who are yet to announce the figures of the money they are set to put into the event.

Speaking at the event, Ross Form publicist Rebecca Kisakye said this will not be the last time they come out to help in such a cause.

“We as Ross Form are delighted to be part of the cause and event as a whole,” Kisakye said.

Apolot who has 16 professional fights in her career will have to fight Serbian Bogdanovic who has fourty fights.

Many pundits say that the 20-year-old Serb who has fought in three different categories of the sport will hold the advantage over Apolot who has only featured in kick boxing but Apolot has always been able to adjust and get the business done.

Before the main event, six undercards will be shown.

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