Pugilist John Munduga, a Lugbara of northwestern Uganda lineage was one of the country’s top fighters during his novice vocation of the last part of the 1970’s and mid 1980’s. He was prominent for his lean form and height. In spite of the fact that he was in the lower weight classes, he was marginally more than 6 feet tall. He has been viewed as perhaps the most able of Ugandan fighters. He would fiddle as skipper of the Uganda boxing crew as he addressed Uganda in a few territorial competitions. Munduga contended at the mid year Olympics that were held in Moscow in 1980, and he was there the public commander. 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 moderately significant time-frame. He presently lives in his local Uganda (in Naguru where he was conceived) where he is a secondary school mentor and coach – prominently at Kololo High School close to Kampala. During 2000, he was the public mentor of the Rwanda boxing crew.
Munduga was brought into the world 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, right off the bat 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 public junior boss at age 11.
In 1977, Munduga addressed Uganda at the yearly Kenya versus Uganda Urafiki Tournament. He won in the battle. He was brought by public mentor Grace Sseruwagi to get into private preparing with the learners. Munduga dominated by beating his adversaries 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 astonishingly won a bronze award.
In January 1978, at an Uganda versus Poland match 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 eminent to have in the past beaten James Odwori, and having become am beginner title holder. He tehrefore neglected to move into the decoration section.
Munduga addressed Uganda at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Invitational that was held in Warsaw from November 9-11 out of 1978. In the quarter-finals, the Ugandan crushed 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 prevailed 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 successful.
KIU 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 victorious 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 victorious.
Munduga was a 19 year-old when at the 1980 Olympics held in Moscow he was set in opposition to 25 year-old Nelson Jose Rodriguez of Venezuela in the principal starter round of the light-welterweight challenge. At simply 5’5″, Rodriguez was about a large portion of a foot more limited than Munduga. The Ugandan won 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 more limited, 25 year-old Chanchoun who was more capable, would take out Munduga in the second moment of the first round. The Ugandan cases that he began well, however then was unreasonably 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 generally in the light-welterweight division.
In any case, however Mugabi would win Uganda’s sole award at the Olympics in Moscow, Munduga obviously 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, handy, committed and trained during when Uganda’s importance in boxing was rapidly descending.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings of July 24th 1987 positioned two Ugandan “Johns,” who had likewise addressed Uganda at the Olympics, as among the best ten competitors for the world Super welterweight crown. Lupe Aquino of Mexico was the boss, John “the Beast” Mugabi was the strong competitor, while John Munduga was positioned as the 6th force to be reckoned with. Aside from hypothetically being opponents for the crown, the two were likely competing accomplices given that they were both overseen by Mickey Duff in Tampa in Florida. Mugabi, as a welterweight had won Uganda’s just award pull at the Moscow Olympics- – a silver in the welterweight division. On the world expert scene, Munduga would will 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 enclosing as an expert Germany, in November 1981, where he battled the initial fourteen of his expert battles. Here he battled a cross-segment of fighters from all over, 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 regular pattern of taking out the vast majority 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 perfect and forcing record of 24 successes, 0 misfortunes, with 18 knockouts.
The following battle would be a planned 10-rounder with famous American Mark Breland, a 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. A mainstream figure, 23 year-old Breland fiddled as an entertainer, and he had an exceptionally 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 10th 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 invaluable for him to land punches on Breland in light of the fact that the two were about equivalent in stature. Munduga added that Breland had never battled an adversary as handy as himself and he added that this was a major battle for which he had prepared hard for. Breland, expressing that he had battled numerous tall warriors during his beginner days, the vast majority of whom he had halted, thought that it was harder to battle short fighters. He needed to twist lower to battle them, and curve even lower when they duck. Breland additionally viewed Munduga as the common European contender who might not be a very remarkable issue, one who stands erect and comes directly at you. As per Breland, Munduga had a decent hit and circling right, however he was a sorry decent puncher. Breland battled his first expert battle, just a brief time after he had won the gold decoration at the Olympics in Los Angeles. He was promoted to be “the following Sugar Ray Leonard,” a picture that he would ultimately not measure up to.
The first round uncovered that both were correct given, customary style fighters. The taller and longer-outfitted Breland utilized these too his benefit of maintaining Munduga under control with these benefits however Munduga continues to assault. In the first round the two were primarily feeling each other out for the example, the round was generally even, however Breland utilizes the arm benefit to win.
In the second round, Munduga is shaken with a hard punch in the initial couple of moments, and he staggers. Breland is extremely mindful of it and he continuously moves in to endeavor a final blow. Munduga has eased back down and he is in fact marginally hurt. Be that as it may, Munduga continues to assault while the rival’s commonplace arrive at gets him far from scoring a lot. Breland’s stature, slimness, position, and shaking blows help one to remember a more youthful Thomas “Assassin” Hearns.