Born on 25th August 1992 in Mityana district Frank Kiwalabye alias Black Fire did not see the mother’s love and also lost the father at his infant stage. He had no option but to remain in the hands of Noeline Namusisi his step mother.
Following those unfortunate occurrences, Kiwalabye could not afford education and stopped in primary seven.
Ambitious as he was, he had to think about tomorrow and his thoughts were not far away from boxing as a vehicle to his dream since his elder brother Geoffrey Ssebuliba had joined the same sport under Lukanga boxing club at Mengo Social center- Kisenyi.
Kiwalabye joined the same club at the age of 13 but he spent eight months without training gears but could survive on the mercy of Coach Mike Kiiza who could help him with worn-out gears from the club till when his sister Aminah Nakamate came back to Uganda and bought him a pair of boxing gloves, bandage, canvas and a pair of shorts.
That was enough to inspire Kiwalabye to chase his dream although it took him one and a half years to appear in the ring.
His amateur career was good but Uganda Amateur Boxing Federation had no direction due to the administrative wrangles between the camps of Rogers Dungu and Geoffrey Nyakana which saw Ugandan boxers banned from international events like Olympics. Because of this, Kiwalabye did not represent his country at any occasion despite his impressive talent, skills and love for the game. However, he managed to win four national open gold medals and two national team qualifiers gold medals.
Kiwalabye decided to turn profession in 2012 to escape wrangles and continue with his calling.
He has almost done it as he is the national Super fly weight champion and the East and Central super fly weight champion.
Next on his menu is the UBO Africa Bantam weight tittle and now he is waiting for just hours to compete for it. The fight will take place at Muganzirwaza tomorrow Sunday 8th December, 2019.
He is also planning to fight for Africa Boxing Union (ABU) tittle next year before he thinks of retiring the following year.
He has 19 professional fights wining 17 and losing two. Of his 17 wins, 13 of them came by knockout
All these two loses were away from home which include challenging IBO Africa tittle against Ghana’s Joseph Agbeko in Ghana and the latest was his fight against Russia’s Mekhedi Abdurashedov vying for WBC intercontinental tittle in Russia.
“I am a professional fighter the “black fire” come and witness for yourself how I do it in the ring tomorrow at Muganzirwaza”, Said Kiwalabye.
Unlike Kiwalabye, his opponent Fadhili Chamile, a 23 year old Tanzanian professional boxer is yet to have a win in his last three fights drawing all and his latest win was in 2017 against Idrisa Baheti a debutant and a fellow Tanzanian.
He has 13 professional fights wining five,losing two and drawing six.
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