Ahead of her much anticipated fight in Zimbabwe on August 31, Ugandan world kick boxing champion, Patricia Apolot has received sponsorship from Hima Cement.
The newly announced sponsorship deal from Hima Cement towards Apolot alias ‘Black Pearl’ is worth Shs 20 million.
Apolot, who is the reigning World Kickboxing Federation International title holder, will be taking on Chiedza Homokoma in Harare Zimbabwe on August 31.
This is a fight of her life as it welxoms her into the be season, Apolot says.
She will also fight Sandra Zivkovic from Bosnia to defend her titles in the Elohim Give Inter-continental kick boxing title defence at Secret Heart Hotel, Kumi on September 14, 2018.
The Shs 20m sponsorship is the second sponsorship that Hima Cement is extending to Apolot, having been her main sponsor since 2016.
The money will go towards her training and preparation for the fights, her travel and living costs as well as her training and competition equipment.
Commenting about how prepared she is for the Harare fight, Patricia promised to knock out the Namibian born player in the 8 round duel.
“I am a determined fighter and I have been training well for the past couple of weeks since my last international fight in April which I also won. The two weeks period between my boxing fight and the kick boxing contest should not be an issue. I am set,” Apolot said.
In the domestic fight in Kumi, Patricia will face off with Sandra while Uganda’s Ronald Odoch will face Bosnian opponent Marko Dmitrovic for five rounds. The fight is organized by the Black Pearl events.
Hima Cement, a primarily cement manufacturing company, wants to support budding sports talent in Uganda from the big sports like football, basketball, rugby, athletics to golf, tennis, swimming, boxing and kickboxing.
“Hima Cement has chosen to invest in the young and budding sports talent because we don’t want to celebrate with you only when you are champions, we want to be with you from the start. After all, we are the cement that is part of you from the start,” said Mr Charles Mugasa Hima Cement’s Marketing Manager.
Many Hima Cement sponsored legends and sporting clubs like Hima Cement Cement Heathens, Vipers SC have gone on to represent Uganda and return victorious.
In 2016, HIMA Cement made a bold decision to sponsor Patricia and her team of three Kickboxers for the World Kickboxing Championships which took place in Hungary. Patricia and her colleague Mubiru were champions in their categories.
“This only reinvigorates our energy and commitment to support the young stars who are destined for greatness,” said Mr Magasa said.
He said that Hima Cement is confident in Ms Apolot as a young talented and determined kickboxer.