Cameroonian cruiserweight, Lambert Fogoum [9-1, 8 KOs], successfully defended his Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) African Cruiserweight title after knocking out Hany “Egyptian Hurricane” Atiyo [15-4, 11 KOs] on Friday 20th November 2020 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai.
The 31-year-old who claimed the UBO African Cruiserweight belt back in March defeating Stephen Abbey [15-18, 11 KOs] at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra showed he is a fighting champion defending his crown only 8 months later. Speaking after his victory Lambert who revealed that he takes inspiration from the Republic of Ghana‘s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, said winning the title was a dream come true
“Winning a title is a personal dream that came true. And I was even more excited to win it in Africa’s historically leading country for independence Gold Coast Ghana of the great Dr Kwame Nkrumah. Who from my college days so inspired me with his famous quote theory without practice is empty and practice without theory is blind.”
The Cameroonian powerhouse who knocked out his opponent and former UBO Africa Cruiserweight champion, Hany Atiyo, explained his strategy coming in to the bout revealing that swiftly targeted the Egyptian’s body to slow him down.
“My strategy against the challenger and former champion the Hurricane Hany Atiyo from Pharaoh’s land (Egypt) was very simple; given that he is more experienced and taller than me. I planned to swiftly target his body to slow him down. It worked well and I stopped him in the 5th round.”
Lambert also spoke about his future plans after defending his title saying he plans to continue following the wisdom of Dr Kwame Nkrumah to keep working hard and improve himself to face the best in the world.
“My future plans are respectively to keep using Dr K. Nkrumah wisdom to work harder and improve in other to go against the top guys in the world and content for a world title.”
“And once I reach the world stages, I will then be able to call for help for Africa’s development and also raise my voice against racism, poverty and injustice.” He further stated
The cruiserweight also believes his victory will help his fellow countrymen to push themselves to reach greater height “The effect of my becoming a champion for younger fellow Cameroonians boxers is huge. It will make them dream and galvanize them to work really hard to make their own way out there just as I did.”