Uganda and the 1970 Dual Boxing Match-Up With the Soviet Union

On December twelfth 1970, a worldwide double bout between the Soviet Association and Uganda, was held in Kampala. Uganda had turned into a laid out boxing force to be reckoned with by quite arising as the main District of Countries’ boxing country. The Ward Games had been held in July. Uganda’s boxing gold award wins were kindness of James Odwori, Mohamed Muruli, and Benson Masanda and the others were silver decorations won by Deogratias Musoke and 1968 Olympic bronze medallist Leo Rwabwogo.

The number of inhabitants in the Soviet Association in 1970 was roughly 240 million and Soviet beginner fighters were evaluated as among the best on the planet. The double taking care of match was fascinating given Uganda’s new boxing triumph at the Province Games; and the developing practice of enclosing the two countries. The Association of the Soviet Communist Republics was a superpower, while underdeveloped nation Uganda had an inadequate populace of roughly 10 million.

The main session was that of light-flyweight James Odwori who had as of late brought home the Province Games’ championship, against Russian Anatoli Semenov. Odwori is appraised as one of the most capable and generally invigorating of Uganda’s fighters. He won numerous awards and would address Uganda at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where he was set fifth. This time at the Kampala competition, Semenov was granted the triumph by focuses. Semenov had addressed the Soviet Association at the European Novice Confining Titles held Bucharest in 1969, however had been beaten by focuses by Roman Rozek of Poland.

Uganda’s flyweight competitor Leo Rwabwogo had dominated a Province Matches silver decoration in July, and he had won a bronze decoration at the Olympic Koh Samui Muay Thai Rounds of 1968 in Mexico City. He would likewise win a silver decoration at the impending Olympics in Munich. His take of renowned worldwide awards is great, and he was truly outstanding of Uganda’s fighters during the last part of the 1960’s and mid 1970’s. At this competition in Kampala, tough and solid Rwabwogo discarded P. Ershov of the Soviet Association by a knockout in the primary round. Ershov had taken part in a Global well disposed, the Leningrad Competition, in November 1969. He was beaten by focuses, by individual Soviet Yuriy Fedorov, in the quarter-finals’ round.

Uganda’s bantamweight Eridadi Mukwanga turned into Uganda’s most memorable Olympic silver medallist during the scene Mexico City in 1968. Tragically, Mukwanga was beaten by focuses in the absolute first starter round at the new Federation Games in Edinburgh. This time in Kampala, Mukwanga was again frustrating. He lost to Nikolay Novikov of the Soviet Association, by focuses. Novikov was put fifth at the Olympics in Mexico City as a flyweight. Different benefits incorporate a silver decoration at the European Enclosing Titles 1969, and the Justified Expert of Sports of the USSR grant.