John Baker Muwanga, one in every of Uganda's most revered boxing champions, was born on April 2, 1956, close to Kampala and grew up in Nsambya. Joseph Nsubuga, one other of Uganda's newly bred boxers, was Muwanga's older half-brother.
Equally distinctive and engaging is how Muwanga started boxing, how he progressed and why and the way he hung up his gloves. His path to boxing started when his half-brother Nsubuga, born in Kenya originally of the fifties, confirmed up at his household's house in Nsambya in 1963, accompanied by his sister and mom. The youngsters's father was employed by East African Railways and the ports the place he labored in Kenya. Muwanga was decided to have an older brother. Nsubuga had tried boxing. Quickly Muwanga would accompany Nsubuga a number of instances to the Police Boxing Membership in Nsambya. However Muwanga was not impressed by the game. Muwanga's mom would quickly go away the home and take Muwanga and one in every of his sisters to stay elsewhere. Quickly he was a scholar within the boarding college Mugwanya (Kabojja); after which he was transferred to the sister college. Savio Elementary College on Entebbe Highway.
In 1969, Muwanga fought in Savio towards a bully who occurred to be the son of a politically distinguished individual. Muwanga was then expelled from college. His father was very offended and warranted him that he would by no means obtain something. In the meantime, Brother Nsubuga made regular progress in boxing, Muwanga acquired the eye that he was simply the brother - though he was categorised as comparatively weak and never as arduous as his boxing brother. Right here Muwanga determined to field. He was introduced along with sport opponents, he was severely overwhelmed and laughed. Folks from northern Uganda had been supposedly good fighters, and Muwanga was suggested towards persevering with boxing as a result of such boxers would "kill them in useless". However the mockery made Muwanga much more decided to refute skeptics.
Muwanga dared to take part within the nationwide junior championships that occurred within the Nsambya Police Station. He would characterize the Nsambya Boxing Membership. Medical exams weren't updated and at the moment and weren't taken critically. Muwanga was allowed to field. He was in comparison with an opponent Tilima from the Naguru Boxing Membership. Muwanga didn't show himself within the battle; His opponent, who was significantly better than he, did his finest to not humiliate him. Tilima even pretended to be crushed, even when he had not been hit. Muwanga writes (private message, June 10, 2014):
This man was making an attempt arduous to not humiliate me, however the failed folks laughed till tears bumped into chess, he acquired a warning, I misplaced and the gang laughed. "
Muwanga's employees would giggle at him over this battle. Because of this, he more and more tried to turn out to be a very good boxer. On early Sunday, he determined to go to the Kampala Boxing Membership in Nakivubo. Muwanga writes: "I went to KBC in Nakivubo and was decided to learn to field or die" (private communication, June 10, 2014). The membership was closed.
Muwanga returned early to the KBC the subsequent morning. There a colleague James Bond Okwaare mocked how Muwanga had boxed. Okwaare was rapidly reprimanded by coach Erias Gabiraali. Muwanga began coaching there when he met a few of the boxers who had been there. These included Ayub Kalule, Cornelius Bosa Boza-Edwards, Mustafa Vassaya, Ben Ochan, Alex Odhiambo, Ochodomuge and David Jackson. Even Muwanga's brother Nsubuga would drop by. In conclusion, Muwanga (private communication of 10 June 2014) writes:
"In the future I used to be shocked to listen to that my brother went to Scotland [Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, 1970] Representing Uganda. sweeter boys from the slum subsequent door, Katwe Kinyoro, had been additionally within the group like John Opio !!! There was justice in sincere sweat, arduous work and self-discipline ... the remainder is historical past. "
On the Commonwealth Video games in Edinburgh on July 18, 1970, the 16-year-old Joseph Oscar Nsubuga (light-weight) was defeated by a degree determination by the Olympic champion Kenneth Mwansa from Zambia within the first spherical.
On the 1974 Commonwealth Video games in Christchurch, 20-year-old Nsubuga, now lightweight welterweight, defeated Philip Sapak of Papua New Guinea. This occurred within the first preliminary spherical on January 27, when the referee stopped the battle early after Nsubuga rapidly overpowered his opponent. Within the quarter-finals that occurred two days later, James Douglas of Scotland defeated Nsubuga on factors, breaking off Nsubuga's seek for a medal.
Months later, in August 1974, Nsubuga received a middleweight bronze medal on the inaugural World Novice Amateurs Championships in Havana. Nsubuga had risen to the middleweight division.
The TSC event occurred from three to 7 October 1974 within the Dynamo sports activities corridor in Berlin. Within the quarterfinals Nsubuga beat at middleweight towards Zaprianov (Bulgaria) with factors. Within the semifinals he was overwhelmed on factors by Peter Tiepold of the German Democratic Republic. He selected the bronze medal. Right here, the Ugandans have accomplished remarkably nicely: James Odwori (flyweight) and Ayub Kalule (gentle welterweight) received gold; Vitalish Bbege (welterweight) received the silver medal.
Nsubuga debuted in Could 1975 as knowledgeable and moved to Finland, then to Norway. he would battle largely in Europe. Nsubuga stopped his competitors in 1981 after being eradicated by the well-known future world champion Davey Moore. Most clearly Nsubuga fought on January 13, 1980 in Las Vegas together with his aggressive gladiatorial battle (not title battle) with the renamed Panamanian Roberto Duran. The Panaminer gave the impression to be exhausting, however Joseph "Stoneface" Nsubuga was knocked out on the finish of the fourth spherical. He retired from boxing in 1981, scoring a formidable report of 18 wins and three losses. Nsubuga died on four Could 2013 on the age of 59 in Helsinki.
Through the 1970s at Namasagali Faculty within the Kamuli district of Uganda, Muwanga was a talented, dreaded and in style boxer. On the nationwide newbie degree, he's mentioned to have twice defeated the renewed future world champion and countryman Cornelius Boza-Edwards (Bbosa). In April 1973, the annual Golden Belt event occurred in Bucharest. Most winners and silver medalists had been Cubans and Romanians. Right here, 17-year-old Muwanga took half within the worldwide competitors for the primary time. Right here Muwanga and his accomplices within the Ugandan group - Ayub Kalule, Vitalish Bbege and James Odwori - received bronze medals in Romania. In the identical 12 months in 1973, Muwanga cooked twice in two Urafiki (Kenya vs. Uganda) tournaments for Uganda; he was victorious. Muwanga was quickly overpowered when Ugandan boxing legend Alex Odhiambo, who was so vital of the youthful boxer, made him nod and thumbs up!
At native degree and through coaching Muwanga fought towards Odwori and one other well-known Uganda boxer "Kabaka" Nasego a number of instances, however he didn't win. Among the many Ugandans he defeated had been Vincent Byarugaba and a number of other others. Muwanga's exercise as a nationwide newbie boxer was from 1973 to 1977, when he additionally studied at Namasagali Faculty. He then attended the College of Oslo whereas cooking as knowledgeable. Muwanga recollects that within the coaching camp, the place boxer's habits various from boxer to boxer, the nifty Odwori was a very talkative instance as a talkative instance, whereas Ayub Kalule most well-liked phrases to phrases (private communication, October 29, 2015):
"... guys like Ayub Kalule ... have most well-liked to speak, a phenomenon for my part." James Odouri spoke a mile a minute, however had the uncommon capacity to assist every thing he mentioned. Kasuku & # 39; [parrot] behind his again. "
John Muwanga represented as light-weight Uganda on the first World Novice Championships in August 1974 in Havana. Particularly Kalule and Nsubuga received gold and bronze right here. Muwanga was eradicated within the preliminary spherical by a factors determination in favor of Bejhan Fuchedzhiyev (Bulgaria). Noteworthy is the facet that six of Uganda's contingents in Havana had studied in Namasagali - one of many few colleges in Uganda that determined to field. Among the many boxers who participated in Namasagali, along with Muwanga Nsubuga, Odwori, John Byaruhanga, Vincent Byarugaba and Shadrack Odhiambo belonged.
Muwanga's nationwide standing continued to rise, and on the age of 20 he was chosen to characterize Uganda on the Montreal Summer season Olympics. Most African nations, twenty-eight, boycotted the Montreal Olympics in 1976 when the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to exclude the Olympic nations athletes had participated in in South African apartheid. The New Zealand rugby group then toured South Africa. Nations like China, Iraq and Guyana additionally retreated; Regardless of China, it was primarily a political title recognition drawback - non-recognition of "Republic of China" in comparison with "Folks's Republic of China".
The Ugandan boxers retired due to the Biscott. These included Baker Muwanga (bantamweight) alongside Venosto's Ochira (light-weight), Adoni Butambeki (flyweight), Cornelius Boza-Edwards (bbosa) (featherweight), David Ssenyonjo (light-weight) and Jones Okoth (gentle welterweight), Vitalish Bbege (welterweight) and John Odhiambo (gentle middleweight). None of those pugilists had represented Uganda on the 1972 Olympic Video games in Munich. Vitalish Bbege received gold on the 1974 Africa Boxing Championships in Kampala.
Muwanga started his skilled profession in Norway in April 1978 and completed in October 1982. More often than not he boxed as a light-weight. All his battles occurred in Norway, removed from the final two in Finland. He has not misplaced any of the fights, however he would in all probability wish to have been uncovered to extra intense competitors and would have additionally boxed in Western nations the place there are extra prime contenders and champions. One issue was the ban on skilled boxing in Norway, which formally got here into power in early 1981.
Muwanga ended up undefeated like knowledgeable boxer with 15 wins, zero losses and 6 knockouts (Boxrec.com). He regrets to some extent that he couldn't thrive as a lot as he wished as a boxer, however on the identical time he's grateful that boxing has taken him to locations and has given him many advantages. He writes, "... my boxing profession was not as thrilling as I wished it to be, however I don't complain that it opened a variety of doorways for me and took me to locations I by no means considered." see ... (private message, 10 June 2014).