Uganda Pugilist John “the Matador” Munduga: The Buddy of John “the Beast” Mugabi

Pugilist John Munduga, a Lugbara of northwestern Uganda family was one of the country’s top fighters during his novice profession of the last part of the 1970’s and mid 1980’s. He was obvious for his lean form and stature. In spite of the fact that he was in the lower weight classes, he was somewhat more than 6 feet tall. He has been viewed as one of the most capable of Ugandan fighters. He would fiddle as chief of the Uganda boxing crew as he spoke to Uganda in a few local competitions. Munduga contended at the late spring Olympics that were held in Moscow in 1980, and he was there the national skipper. As an expert, he battled in Europe and the United States where he fought with a few renowned and top fighters. Munduga had an exceptionally high knockout proportion, and he stayed undefeated for a generally prolonged stretch of time. He presently dwells in his local Uganda (in Naguru where he was conceived) where he is a secondary school mentor and coach – eminently at Kololo High School close to Kampala. During 2000, he was the national mentor of the Rwanda boxing crew.

Munduga was conceived on January fifteenth 1961 in Naguru close to Kampala in Uganda where he learned at St. Jude Primary School where he played soccer. In any case, he, from the get-go throughout everyday life, got keen on boxing when he hang out at the Naguru Community Center close to Kampala. He turned into a school boxing champion for quite a while, and afterward a national junior victor at age 11.

In 1977, Munduga spoke to Uganda at the yearly Kenya versus Uganda Urafiki Tournament. He won in the battle. He was called by national mentor Grace Sseruwagi to get into private preparing with the tenderfoots. Munduga exceeded expectations by beating his rivals then he was chosen as the most youthful in the group of Ugandan fighters to Thailand to battle in the worldwide King’s Cup. Munduga amazingly won a bronze award.

In January 1978, at an Uganda versus Poland coordinate in Kampala, Munduga crushed Roman Gotfryd after the session was halted.

At the All-Africa Games of 1978, held in Algiers, Munduga lost in the second round to Kenyan Steve Muchoki who is famous to have in the past beaten James Odwori, and having become am novice best on the planet. He tehrefore neglected to move into the award section.

Munduga spoke to Uganda at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Invitational that was held in Warsaw from November 9-11 of every 1978. In the quarter-finals, the Ugandan vanquished Jose Luis Rios of Cuba by 4:1. In the semi-finals Munduga beat Yuriy Prokhorov of the Soviet Union by 3:2. In the finals Munduga won by beating Leszek Kosedowski (Poland) by 4:1. Here once more, he won the gold. Out of the five Ugandan fighters at this setting, just Munduga was triumphant.

At the Poland versus Uganda Dual of February 1979, held in Warsaw, Munduga won over the Pole Kazimierz Adach. Here fighters like Mugabi, Odwori, Butambeki, and Siryakibe were crushed.

Still in February 1979, Munduga was triumphant in the town Schwerin in German Democratic Republic where a double match was held against Uganda. Munduga here crushed Lutz Kaesebier. Of the other Ugandan fighters, just Adroni Butambeki was triumphant.

Munduga was a multi year-old when at the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow he was set in opposition to multi year-old Nelson Jose Rodriguez of Venezuela in the principal primer round of the light-welterweight challenge. At simply 5’5″, Rodriguez was about a large portion of a foot shorter than Munduga. The Ugandan prevailed on this July 21st 1980 by winning on focuses.

Munduga’s next Olympic fight would occur on July 26th, and here in the second starter he would box against Farouk Chanchoun Jawad of Iraq. Despite the fact that a lot shorter, multi year-old Chanchoun who was more experienced, would take out Munduga in the second moment of the first round. The Ugandan cases that he began well, however then was unjustifiably punched in the neck and fell oblivious. Chanchoun is broadly known to have been the Asia champion threefold. Munduga would take the situation of ninth by and large in the light-welterweight division.

In any case, however Mugabi would win Uganda’s sole decoration at the Olympics in Moscow, Munduga plainly stands apart as the Uganda novice pugilist that won most for Uganda during the last part of the 1970’s. He rings a bell as a persevering, able, devoted and trained during when Uganda’s criticalness in boxing was rapidly descending.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings of July 24th 1987 positioned two Ugandan “Johns,” who had likewise spoken to Uganda at the Olympics, as among the best ten competitors for the world Super welterweight crown. Lupe Aquino of Mexico was the victor, John “the Beast” Mugabi was the force to be reckoned with, while John Munduga was positioned as the 6th strong competitor. Aside from hypothetically being opponents for the crown, the two were most likely fighting accomplices given that they were both overseen by Mickey Duff in Tampa in Florida. Mugabi, as a welterweight had won Uganda’s just decoration pull at the Moscow Olympics- – a silver in the welterweight division. On the world expert scene, Munduga would get the opportunity to be nicknamed, “the Matador.” Munduga would discuss his childhood companion Mugabi as one who “had a major punch early… at 9, 10 years, he used to take young men out… was the one in particular that age who could” (Berger 1986).

Munduga began confining as an expert Germany, in November 1981, where he battled the initial fourteen of his expert battles. Here he battled a cross-area of fighters from close and far, and he set up a 85% record in these battles from 1981 to mid 1984.

From there on he began contending in the United States whereby his first fight here was with Tommy Rogers in Tampa. He took out Rogers, at that point proceeded with his run of the mill pattern of taking out the greater part of his rivals up to when he struggled Leland Hart whom he beat by focuses in Atlantic City in May 1986. At this stage, Munduga had a spotless and forcing record of 24 successes, 0 misfortunes, with 18 knockouts.

The following battle would be a planned 10-rounder with eminent American Mark Breland, an exceptionally 6’2.5″ welterweight who had won Olympic gold at the Olympics held in Los Angeles in 1984. He was two inches taller than Munduga. An exceptionally well known figure, multi year-old Breland fiddled as an entertainer, and he had an extremely noteworthy streak as USA novice champion. On June 21st 1986, Breland was set in opposition to the Ugandan. This occurred at the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in New Jersey. Munduga was then positioned as ninth on the rundown of competitors for the welterweight crown, by the World Boxing Association (WBA), and 6th on the rundown of junior center weight competitors, by the WBC.

Munduga accepted that it would be profitable for him to land punches on Breland in light of the fact that the two were about equivalent in tallness. Munduga included that Breland had never battled a rival as capable as himself and he included this was a major battle for which he had prepared hard for. Breland, expressing that he had battled numerous tall contenders during his beginner days, the vast majority of whom he had halted, opined that it was harder to battle short fighters. He needed to twist lower to battle them, and twist even lower when they duck. Breland likewise viewed Munduga as the run of the mill European contender who might not be a very remarkable issue, one who stands erect and comes directly at you. As indicated by Breland, Munduga had a decent hit and circling right, however he was a sorry decent puncher. Breland battled his first expert battle, just two months after he had won the gold award at the Olympics in Los Angeles. He was promoted to be “the following Sugar Ray Leonard,” a picture that he would in the long run not match.

The first round uncovered that both were correct given, regular style fighters. The taller and longer-equipped Breland utilized these too his bit of leeway of maintaining Munduga under control with these preferences however Munduga continues assaulting. In the first round the two were for the most part learning about one another for the example, the round was generally even, however Breland utilizes the arm bit of leeway to win.

In the second round, Munduga is shaken with a hard punch in the initial couple of moments, and he staggers. Breland is mindful of it and he bit by bit moves in to endeavor a final blow. Munduga has eased back down and he is in reality marginally hurt. Be that as it may, Munduga continues assaulting while the adversary’s commonplace arrive at gets him far from scoring a lot. Breland’s stature, thinness, position, and shaking blows help one to remember a more youthful Thomas “Hired gunman” Hearns.

In cycle three, Bill Cosby, Muhammad Ali, Don King, and Jesse Jackson are found in the high limit 15000-crowd that has come to see an Olympic VIP box. Right now Breland was undefeated in 12 battles, however his knockout proportion was far less fabulous than that of Munduga. In this third round, Munduga is astounded concerning what strategies to utilize, however he fearlessly props up after Breland however he continues running into the long-run punches of Breland.

In the fourth round Munduga turns out to be substantially more forceful, however he is getting drained. In any case, Breland is clearly more new and slow, similar to he is hanging tight for the opportunity to convey the attack. All things considered, in this fourth round, Munduga conveys his best punches of the round, and they appear to marginally shake Breland reeling.

In the fifth round, Munduga shows more boldness and certainty. He even shakes Breland when he is against the ropes, and he proceeds to accelerate on the assaulting.

In the 6th round, the slugger Munduga is again the forceful one and he continues assaulting Breland as he plans to traverse the rival’s more drawn out arms. Breland shows tolerance yet familiarity with his rivals rising certainty. He appears to hang tight for Munduga to get wild and reckless and leave his head open to blows. Without a doubt the second comes in the 6th round. As Munduga further conveys ground-breaking blows, Breland takes the high ground and conveys strong executioner uppercut and right-left-right withdraws from head that thump him down silly on his back. The clinical group rapidly moves into the ring to take care of Munduga whose left eye is rapidly shutting everything down. The battle is decisiv

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