Uganda Pugilist John "Matador" Munduga: Friends of John "Monster" Mugabi

Pugilist John Munduga, of Lugbara descent from northwestern Uganda, was one of the country's top boxers during his amateur career in the late 1970s and early 1980's. It was evident for his lean construction and length. Although he was in the low weight ranks, he was just over 6 feet tall. He has been considered one of the most skilled Ugandan boxers. He will act as captain of the Ugandan boxing team and has represented Uganda in several regional tournaments. Monduga competed in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, and there was the national captain. As a professional, he fought in Europe and the United States where he quarreled with many famous and prominent boxers. Munduga had a very high knockout rate, and he remained defeated for a relatively long time. He now lives in his hometown of Uganda (in Naguru where he was born) where he works as a high school coach and trainer – especially at Kolulu High School near Kampala. During 2000, he was the national coach of the Rwanda boxing team.

Mondoga was born on 15 January 1961 in Naguru, near Kampala, Uganda, where he studied at St. Jude Primary School in St. Patrick's Church where he played football. But, early in his life, he became interested in boxing when he was hanging out at the Naguru Community Center near Kampala. He became a boxing champion for several years, then became a junior champion at the age of 11.

In 1977, Monduga represented Uganda at the Kenya Championship against Uganda's annual Urafiki. He won the battle. He was summoned by national coach Grace Sserwaji to participate in residential training with beginners. Munduga outclassed his opponents and was selected as the youngest team of Ugandan boxers to Thailand to fight in the King's Cup. Mondoga admirably won the bronze medal.

In January 1978, in Uganda's match against Poland in Kampala, Monduga defeated Roman Gottfried after the match was interrupted.

At the 1978 African Games held in Algiers, Mondoga lost in the second round to Kenyan Steve Mochoki, who was famous in the past by defeating James Odori and became the world amateur champion. Failed to move in the medal bracket.

Mondoga represented Uganda at the Felix Stam Memorial in Warsaw from 9 to 11 November 1978. In the quarterfinals, Ugandan Jose Luis Rios of Cuba defeated 4: 1. In the semi-finals, Mondoja defeated Yuri Prokhorov of the Soviet Union. Before 3: 2. In the World Cup, Mundoga defeated Leszek Kosydowski (Poland) 4: 1. Here again, he won the gold medal. Of the five Ugandan boxers in this place, Monduga was the only winner.

At the Polish double against Uganda in February 1979, held in Warsaw, Mondoga defeated pole Adim Kazimierz. Here he defeated boxers like Mugabe, Odori, Butambiki and Siriakibe.

In February 1979, Mondoja was victorious in the town of Schwerin in the GDR where a double match was played against Uganda. Monduga defeated here Lutz Kazibeyer. Among other Ugandan boxers, Adron Butambike was the only winner.

Monduga was 19 when he participated in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow against Nelson Jose Rodriguez, 25, of Venezuela in the first preliminary round of the lightweight competition. Rodriguez was in only 5 and 5 minutes and was shorter than Mandoja by about half a foot. The Ugandan triumphed on 21 July 1980 by defeating points.

The next Olympic battle of Monduga will take place on July 26, and here in the second preliminary match will be decided against Farouk Chanchun of Iraq. Though much shorter, the more experienced 25-year-old Chanchun will be out in the second minute of the first round. The Ugandan claims that he started well, but then was unfairly punched in the neck and lost consciousness. Chanchon is known to have been the three-time Asian champion. Mondoga will generally take ninth place in the lightweight section.

But despite Mugabe winning Uganda's only medal at the Moscow Olympics, it is clear that Mondoja stands out as Uganda's best amateur defender who won a major victory over Uganda in the late 1970s. It comes to mind as being very diligent, skillful, dedicated and disciplined as Uganda's importance in boxing has rapidly declined.

On July 24, 1987, the World Boxing Council (WBC) ranked second among Ugandans Jones, who also represented Uganda at the Olympic Games, among the top 10 contenders for the World Super Weightlifting Championship title. The Aquino lobby from Mexico was the champion, John "Monster" Mugabe was the best contender, while John Mondoja was sixth on the list. Aside from being theoretically competitors for the crown, the two were rival partners given that they were both run by Mickey Duff in Tampa, Florida. As a lightweight, Mugabe won Uganda's only medal in the Moscow Olympics – the silver in the overweight section. In the global professional arena, Mondoga will be called the Matador. Monduga was talking about his childhood friend Mugabe as "he had a big hit early … at 9, 10 years, he used to kick the boys out … he was the only one who could age" (Berger 1986).

Mondoga started boxing as a professional in Germany, in November 1981, where he fought the first fourteen of his professional battles. Here he fought a slice of boxers from near and far, scoring a record 85% in these battles from 1981 to early 1984.

He then began to compete in the United States, where his first battle was here with Tommy Rogers in Tampa. He overthrew Rogers, then continued his usual tendency of beating most of his opponents even when he fought Leyland Hart, who won him points in Atlantic City in May 1986. At this point, Monduga scored a clean record and imposed 24 wins, 0 losses, with 18 knockouts.

The next battle will be the founder of 10 players with the famous American Mark Breland, who weighed 6 times and won weight and won the Olympic gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was two inches longer than Mondoja. One-year-old Breland took part in the actor's role, and was awarded an impressive title as an amateur champion in the United States.On 21 June 1986, Breland pitted against the Ugandan.This happened at the Sands Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It was ranked 9th in the medal weight crown, by the World Boxing Association (WBA), and sixth in the medal weight list, by WBC.

Mondoja thought it would be useful for him to punch the punches on Breland because the two were equally high. Mondoga added that Breland had never fought a skillful opponent like him, adding that this was a big battle that he had been highly trained. Breland, who stated that he fought many tall fighters during amateur days, most of which stopped, felt it was difficult to fight short boxers. He had to bend down to fight them, then bend lower at the ducks. Breland Mundoja was considered a typical European fighter who would not be a big problem, standing upright and coming directly to you. According to Breland, Mondoga had a jab and correct rings, but he didn't have much good perforation. Brilland fought his first professional fight, just two months after winning the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was nominated to be the "Sugar Ray Leonard Next", a picture he will never reach.

The first round revealed that both were traditional boxers. Breland's longer and longer-armed armies also used his interest in keeping Monduga in an awkward position with these advantages even though Monduga continues to attack. In the first round, the two were essentially feeling each other towards this pattern, and the round was almost equal, but Breland used the arm advantage to win.

In the second round, Munduga shook a strong punch in the first few seconds, and he stumbles. Breland is fully aware of this and is gradually moving in a knockout punch. Mundoga slowed and was slightly injured. But Mundoga continues the attack, while the usual access to the opponent prevents him from scoring too much. Brend mentions his height, tenderness, attitude, and meager strikes as one of Thomas's young "hitman" Hearns.

In the third round, Bill Cosby, Mohamed Ali, Don King and Jesse Jackson were spotted in the high class of 15,000 audiences who became to see the Olympic celebrity box. At this time Breland were unbeaten in 12 battles, but the knockout rate was far less dramatic than Mondoga's. In this third round, Mondoja is puzzled by the tactics to be used, but he continues to bravely pursue Breland although he continues to run in the long-range punches of Breland.

In the fourth round Mondoja becomes more aggressive, but he feels tired. However, it seems that Breland is more modern and gradual, such as it is waiting for the opportunity to carry out the attack. Still, in this fourth round, Munduga offers his best punches from the tour and seems to be shaking Breland a bit.

In the fifth round, Monduga shows more courage and confidence. So he shakes Breland when he is against the ropes, and continues to accelerate the attack.

In the sixth round, once again, the black rapper Mundoja is aggressive as he continues to attack Breland as he hopes to get the opponent's longer arms. Breland shows patience but awareness of his opponents increased confidence. It seems that he is waiting for Monduga to become reckless and careless and leave his head open for blows. In fact the moment comes in the sixth round. While Mundoga makes a powerful blow, Breland takes the upper hand and hands over the upper arches and right left to the head of Mundoga, who expels him meaninglessly on his back. The medical team moves quickly to the circuit to attend Mundoga, whose left eye is quickly closed. The battle ended decisively; Paul Fenty did not care about his account. He defeated Mondoga for the first time in his boxing career. The boxing scientist remembers mostly Munduga because of this battle in which he showed courage and skill against the famous and seasoned boxer.

The confident victor of Breland was suspended after the battle (AP 1986: 32).

"His plan was to move forward, beat and win. I knew he was pierced well, but I am very good. His plan was taken out to play and you cannot adjust the circuit unless you are really smart."

Five weeks before fighting with Mundoga, immediately after leaving Ricky Avendano in the first minute of the first round, Breland was asked about his assessment of him, he replied (AP 1986: 19).

"I don't really know. What I do know is that I don't want to hurry into the title battle. Maybe a year or a half from now. I want everything to be perfect."

Between 1987 and 1990, Mark Breland became WBA heavyweight champion, then lost the title to Marlon Starling, then regained it, then lost to Aaron Davis. Breland retired from the ring with 39 wins, three losses and one draw.

The head of Mondoga collapsed heavily by Breland, collapsed heavily on the ground. This battle, which is most closely associated with Mendoza, has thwarted and destroyed it. It took Munduga nearly six months to compete again. He admits that after this battle was damaged, no longer himself, and lost some interest in boxing. Mustafa Wasaga, in Uganda, was not the same again after overcoming Michael Spinks. John "Mugabe Monster" was not the same again when Marvelous Marvin Hagar directed him.

Later, in Las Vegas, he won a modest battle with Alvaro Granello in December 1986. His last major battle was with Darren's "disciple" Van Horne who was a student at the University of Kentucky and the future International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Champion. In Frankfurt, Kentucky, more than a year after Mondoga's performance in the ring, Van Horne was knocked out of Mondoga's seventh of the 17 rounds scheduled in February 1988.

Monduga fought his last three professional battles in Germany and Belgium, losing them all by knocking out non-target fighters. His last recorded fight was November 1989. He lost his luster. Munduga was recorded as having won 25 battles, 18 of them by knockout. But in all five battles he lost, he was beaten in each. Many had expected much from this former high-level boxer.

Between 1987 and 1990, Mark Breland became WBA heavyweight champion, then lost the title to Marlon Starling, then regained it, then lost to Aaron Davis. Breland retired from the ring with 39 wins, three losses and one draw.

Business cited

AP. "Berland wins 12th weight championship." Journal of the index . May 16, 1986.

AP. "Berland Flores Monduga in VI". Journal of the index . June 22, 1986.

Berger, Phil. "Mugabe: at the front door of boxing." The New York Times. March 2, 1986.

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