John Paul “The Beast” Mugabi-Uganda bids for Moscow boxing gold medal in 1980


Before becoming a professional player, the famous Ugandan boxer John Paul “The Beast” Mugabe was John Mugabe. He was a young, hardworking, fast, and promising boxer. Mugabi, 20, stared at the professional stage after winning the silver medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. The famous British coach and manager Mickey Duff (Mickey Duff) noticed Mugabi (Mugabi), and quickly called him. Duff is one of many people who believe that Mugabi was robbed of the gold medal (including Charles Lubulwa, a Ugandan who participated in the 3rd Olympics). In the professional team, Mugabe’s fierceness, strength and speed earned him the nickname of “beast”. Mugabe once called it “flattering”, but the world began to refer to him.

It was in the Sacred Heart Parish of Nogales, Arizona that Mugabe became his most epic battle after training, and on March 10, 1986, he joined the world middleweight champion “Marvel” Marvin Ha When Geller trained together, Mugabe obtained Paul’s name and entered the Catholic Church (Clive Gammon, “This beast is a beauty”, in “Sports Illustrated”; March 3, 1986).

The semi-arid Nogales “City of Walnut Trees” traveling along the Mexican border is the largest border town in Arizona. Tiny Rio Rico is located ten miles north of Nogales, where the Mugabi training camp was established at the Sheraton Hotel to prepare for Hagler’s encounter. The trainee of Mugabe was the same parish priest Fr. Anthony Clark, which was essential for his baptism.

As early as 1976, at the age of 16, Mugabi (Mugabi) lost to the US Herol Graham in the Junior Amateur World Boxing Championships, and won the welterweight silver medal. Interestingly, just weeks before Mugabe’s battle with Hagler, Graham defeated Uganda Ayub Kalele, the European middleweight champion, after he eliminated him in the tenth round. This fight will mark the end of Kalule’s outstanding boxing career. Many people want to know what the outcome of the round between Kalulei and Mugabi will be. The age difference is 6 years old, and Kalule was an idol and mentor of the young Mugabi as early as Kampala.

The Olympic Games held in Montreal in 1976 was boycotted by many countries including Uganda. Ayub Kalule was originally scheduled to fight for Uganda. He became a professional boxer. The same is true of teammate Cornelius Bbosa, who later became widely known as Cornelius Bosa (Boza) Edwards and became the world lightweight champion.

The main highlight of the Montreal Games was the final of the welterweight boxing match held on July 31, 1976. Young American “Sugar” Ray Leonard, who planned to stop boxing and continue to attend the University of Maryland, was strongly opposed. And the higher Cubans have an excellent knockout record. Andres Aldama, who eliminated all five previous opponents, is expected to win. But Leonard, like Muhammad Ali, adopted a “go and go” strategy in his early career, which made Cubans frustrated and angry. As the Cubans accused, Leonard would quickly and accurately hit and then retreat. Like the massacre of David-Goliath, even involving Cubans being knocked down, two compulsory inventory must be carried out.

The Moscow Olympic final of the boxing welterweight division, on August 2, 1980, was attended for the second time by experienced and terrifying Andres Aldama. His recent honors include the gold medal at the Pan-African Games held in Puerto Rico last year. Aldama’s opponent, John Mugabi, was 20 years younger than him at the age of 20. He was inexperienced and tested and understood much less. Each of the two boxers eliminated four of their previous five Olympic boxing opponents. John Mugabi is the surviving gold prospect of Uganda.

In the first round, Mugabe proved to be more active. He threw a lot of jabs, but Aldama, the tall southern claw, prevented most of them, and most did not hit the target. Aldama seems to be studying his opponent and determining his size. The judge may have handed this round to Mugabe for this effort.

In the second round, Aldama fell off the stool and fought resolutely. As the game progressed, he gained confidence and sent Mugabi several times. At the end of the round, he caused Mugabi to stumble briefly. But Mugabe courageously counterattacked and apparently had no intention of succumbing. Like the most capable southern paw, Aldama occasionally confused Mugabe by switching to an orthodox boxing position.

The third round is a war. Mugabe is hitting the head in the fight, but the delivery of Aldama is obviously more important. Aldama is also more accurate. Mugabi was tired from experience and stiff fists. He did not succumb to the knockout, but the hypothetical fourth round might lead to Mugabi being eliminated. Mugabi always has strength and perseverance, but weak defense is his main weakness in his career.

The referee announced that the game beat Aldama 4-1. The entire battle can be carried out on U-Tube. Thirty years later, the legendary John Mugabi remains the last Ugandan to win an Olympic boxing medal.