John Paul “The Beast” Mugabi – Uganda’s 1980 Bid For Boxing Olympic Gold in Moscow

Before he turned experienced, well-known Ugandan boxer John Paul “the Beast” Mugabi was just John Mugabi–a young and challenging-hitting, rapid, promising boxer. Just after his silver medal win at the 1980 Olympics that were held in Moscow, 20 12 months-old Mugabi eyed the qualified scene. Renowned British coach and supervisor Mickey Duff recognized Mugabi and promptly enlisted him. Duff is a person of quite a few (such as Ugandan Charles Lubulwa who participated in 3 Olympic tournaments) who opine that Mugabi was robbed of the gold medal. Into the specialist ranks, Mugabi’s ferocity, strength, and velocity in the ring would generate him the nickname, “the Beast,”–1 that Mugabi has voiced as unflattering, but which the world grew to become stuck on referring to him.

It was in the Parish of the Sacred Heart in Nogales in Arizona that Mugabi though coaching for what would turn out to be his most epic struggle, that with globe middleweight winner “Wonderful” Marvin Hagler on 10th March 1986, that Mugabi would acquire the title Paul following baptism into Catholicism (Clive Gammon, “This Beast Is a Natural beauty,” in ‘Sports Illustrated’ March 03, 1986).

Semi-arid Nogales ‘City of Walnut Trees’, stringing alongside the Mexican border, is Arizona’s biggest border city. Tiny Rio Rico is ten miles north of Nogales, and it is listed here at the Sheraton Hotel that a Mugabi training camp was established up in planning for the Hagler come upon. Mugabi’s trainer, instrumental to his finding baptized, was the very same Father Anthony Clark—the parish priest.

Back again in 1976, 16 12 months-outdated Mugabi won a welterweight silver medal soon after dropping to American Herol Graham in the Junior Beginner Entire world Boxing Championships. Apparently, only months prior to Mugabi’s fight with Hagler, Graham dethroned Ugandan Ayub Kalule of the European middleweight title after knocking him out in the tenth round. This combat would spell the stop of Kalule’s illustrious boxing profession. Several have questioned what would have been the final result of a bout between Kalule and Mugabi. There is a 6-yr age variation, and Kalule had been an idol and mentor of youthful Mugabi decades back again in Kampala.

The Olympic Video games of 1976, held in Montreal were being boycotted by many nations, which includes Uganda. Ayub Kalule experienced been scheduled to struggle for Uganda. He became a skilled boxer. And so did staff-mate Cornelius Bbosa who was later on to become commonly recognized as Cornelius Bosa (Boza) Edwards, and turn into a planet junior-light-weight winner.

The key emphasize of the Video games in Montreal had been the finals of the welterweight boxing division, the date 31st July 1976. Younger American “Sugar” Ray Leonard, who prepared to end boxing and continue on with university at the University of Maryland was pitted against a stronger and taller Cuban with a stellar knock-out history. This Andres Aldama who experienced knocked out all 5 of his past opponents, was envisioned to acquire. But Leonard, comparable to Muhammad Ali in his previously job adopted a “strike-and-operate” approach, and elusively disappointed and angered the Cuban. As the Cuban charged, Leonard would toss in a rapid combination of good and correct punches and then retreat. It was like a David-Goliath slaughtering, that even included the Cuban finding knocked down, and also taking two necessary counts.

The Moscow Olympic finals of the welterweight division in boxing, 2nd August 1980, involved a next coming of the experienced dreaded Andres Aldama. Among his new accolades was a gold medal earn at the Pan African Online games held in Puerto Rico in the former year. Aldama’s opponent John Mugabi at 20, was 4 several years youthful, significantly considerably less skilled, and considerably fewer analyzed and identified than himself. Each individual of the two boxers had knocked out 4 out of 5 of their prior Olympic boxing opponents. John Mugabi was Uganda’s remaining prospect for gold.

In the initially spherical Mugabi proved to be the more lively one. He threw quite a few jabs, but the tall southpaw Aldama kept most of them at bay, most had been not hitting their focus on. Aldama appeared to be studying his opponent, sizing him up. The judges almost certainly gave this round to Mugabi, just for the exertion.

The next round saw Aldama come off his stool battling tricky and identified. He acquired self confidence as the round progressed, unleashing hard head-pictures on Mugabi several moments. Towards the stop of the spherical, he prompted Mugabi to briefly stumble. But Mugabi courageously counter-attacked, definitely without the need of intention to cave in. And just like most able southpaws, Aldama occasionally confuse Mugabi by his switching to the orthodox boxing stance.

The 3rd spherical was a war. Mugabi was landing blows to the head in the brawl, but Aldama’s shipping was noticeably far more important. Aldama was also a lot more correct. Mugabi was tiring in the experience of knowledge and stiff stable punches. He did not produce to a knockdown, but a hypothetical fourth spherical would probable have resulted in Mugabi receiving knocked out. Mugabi always had the energy and coronary heart, but ineffectiveness at defending himself was his key vocation weakness.

The referee declared the fight a deserved 4-1 in favor of Aldama. The entirety of the fight is accessible on U-Tube. 30 years later on, famous John Mugabi stays the final Ugandan to earn an Olympic boxing medal.