Former World Boxing Champion John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi wants to meet President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni over the declining state of boxing in the country.

Mugabi; who is in Uganda for the first time since 1989 for the Fighters Awards revealed this when hosted on sports show on radio Akaboozi on Thursday afternoon.

“Uganda was the best boxing country in the world. It is the reason I opted to make a career out of it,” Mugabi said. “Uganda’s boxing is depreciating at an unbelievable rate and I want to meet president Museveni over this,” he added.

Mugabi made it clear to the nation that it’s partly because of sports like boxing that made this country known to the world.

“We are partly the reason Uganda got known all over the world. They got to know there are good boxers in Uganda.

“Leo Rwabogo won a gold medal in Olympics; Ayub Kalule also won numerous medals. Those are a lot of gold medals to a country like ours.”

The hoarse voiced former pugilist said he felt devastated seeing Uganda with almost no boxing representatives at the recent events.   

“But if I may ask, did we have any representatives at the recent games, we hadn’t. I was in Australia following all incidents and would love to see the Ugandan flag flying high.”

Mugabi spared time and thanked the organizers of the Fighters Awards for the innovation and called upon all Ugandans to come celebrate Ugandan boxing

“I am so grateful to the organizers of these awards. This is so good, historical and so big a thing.

It is important for very Ugandan out there to be part of the awards ceremony as we celebrate Uganda’s boxing.”

The Fighter Awards, organised by Baltic Pro Box Promotions Group, will take place at Hotel Africana with all legendary boxers set to be feted.

Besides Mugabi, legends including Ayub Kalule, Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, Edward Boza, Justine Jjuuko, Godfrey ‘Amooti’ Nyakana among others.

Others include Joe ‘Vegas’ Lubega and Zebra Ssenyange who will have an eight round fight as part of the entertainment on the day.

Mugabi Brief Profile as Compiled by Daily Monitor

John ‘The Beast’ Mugabi was born in Nakawa Division, Kampala on March 4, 1960.
He represented Uganda at the 1976 Junior World Championships where he secured silver after losing to Englishman Herol Graham in the final.
In 1980, Mugabi made Uganda’s team to the Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia. There, he lost the welterweight (67kg) final to Cuban Andres Aldama. His silver was the only medal for Uganda at the Games.
He turned professional after the Olympics and had to deal with an exceptionally talented lot in the junior middleweight division that included Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Wilfred Benítez, Davey Moore, and Roberto Durán. Many fans still rank that era as one of the most exciting ever in those weight classes.
Mugabi won eight fights in Europe and then moved to the United States, setting up residence in Florida.
Mugabi challenged the much-feared champion Marvin Hagler on March 10 of 1986 in the first fight televised by Showtime.
Mugabi landed his share of blows to Hagler’s head during the early rounds. The turning point came in the sixth round, when Hagler landed many heavy blows and staggered Mugabi. Mugabi fought back gamely but his early knockout wins left him ill-prepared for a long, tough fight.
In the end it was Hagler who came out the victor, with a knockout in the eleventh round. Many boxing fans consider this to have been the toughest contest of Hagler’s career.
After two straight losses, Mugabi briefly retired but retired in 1989.
He impressively won the WBC middleweight world title with a first round knockout over Frenchman Rene Jacquot.
The Ugandan, however, couldn’t defend the title a year later. After losing to Glenn Kelly by a knockout in eight on January 16 of 1999, Mugabi finally retired. His 26 fight knockout win streak stands as one of the longest knockout streaks ever.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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