Vitalish Bbege: Uganda’s Amateur Power Punching Champion Together with The Boxing Wins Inside Germany

American boxer Michael Gerard “Iron Mike” Tyson was born in the New York Metropolis borough Brooklyn on June thirtieth 1966. The ferocity and intimidating fashion of Tyson involved a sequence of quick knockout wins that direct to his becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the globe in 1986. Ten many years after Mike Tyson was born, a young Ugandan boxer Vitalis (Vitalish) Bbege, who had swiftly acquired the equal of a national Tyson-like ferocious boxing image, was scheduled to symbolize Uganda at the 1976 Olympics to be held in Montreal from July 18th to 31st. Between the boxers on the Uganda group ended up long term countrywide boxing legends John Baker Muwanga (bantamweight) and featherweight Cornelius Boza-Edwards (Bbosa). muay thai gear Vitalish Bbege was scheduled to be Uganda’s welterweight competitor. Numerous African and other international locations politically boycotted the 1976 around the starting up of these Olympics. The scheduled preliminary bouts involving boycotting nations’ boxers had been ruled walkovers in favor of the opponents of the non-boycotting nations.

In retrospect, Bbege had widely acquired his countrywide brutal quick knockout track record for the duration of the 1974 African Amateur Boxing Championships that just so happened to be held in Bbege’s Uganda residence territory. The boxing match took location in Kampala in November. Welterweight Bbege speedily disposed of all his opponents by early knockout, preserve for the audacious and robust Prince of Egypt who persistently held on until finally the end. Younger and reasonably mysterious Bbege was swiftly in the books as Africa’s newbie welterweight boxing winner. For decades, his title has remained legendary in Uganda and as synonymous with not only boxers, but also with belligerent and challenging hitting regular folks.

Bbege, as a welterweight represented Uganda at the Pre-Olympic Boxing Tournament in Montreal from November 27th to December 1st 1975. In the quarter-finals, on November 27th, the referee stopped Nico Jeurissen from Bbege’s onslaught, in the quite 1st spherical. Bbege, in the semi-finals on November 29th, real to fashion, knocked out Leo Pelletier of Canada in the 2nd round. But the finals, on December 1st, ended up not fruitful for Bbege. Bbege was defeated by Yoshifumi Seki of Japan with the referee stopping the struggle in the very first spherical. Bbege went residence with the silver medal. And so did heavyweight Jacob Odonga, yet another Ugandan who was technically knocked out in the finals (by Hocine Tafer of France). The only other Ugandan contestant at this tournament was Mustapha Wasajja. He received the gold medal following outpointing Bryan Gibson of Canada.

Right after the 1976 Olympic boycott, Vitalish Bbege soon moved to the then West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany-FRG) where they would be much more worthwhile boxing chances for him. He remained an amateur boxer and never ever boxed professionally. He joined the Sparta Flensburg Boxing Club (BC Flensburg) in the town Flensburg in which he still resides and is a health and boxing trainer.

Symbolizing Sparta Flensburg (BC Flensburg), Bbege won numerous once-a-year Schleswig-Holstein Novice Boxing Association (SHABV) titles from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s. In 1979, Bbege won the SHABV novice middleweight (75kg) title, the same title as a light-middleweight (71 kg) in 1980 and 1981. In 1982, 1986, and 1990 Bbege became the SHABV middleweight champion. In 1984, 1985, and 1987, Bbege as a heavyweight (81kg), was the SHABV title holder.

On January 30th 1984, Vitalish Bbege represented West Germany in a boxing twin verses the United States. He boxed as a mild-middleweight and defeated Michael Cross by two factors to one particular in a a few-spherical match-up. Curiously Bbege has a brother who goes by the names Vitalish Nyamor Bbege and was an additional capable boxer who moved to Germany. Underneath the identify Vitalish Nyamor, he also represented Germany at the very same event and as a welterweight defeated Alton Rice by a few factors to zero.

John Odhiambo of Uganda and legendary Kenyan boxer David Attan are some of the other Africans that boxed in the Germany Bundesliga during the 1970’s and 1980’s. John Odhiambo, as a light-weight-middleweight, experienced been scheduled to depict Uganda at the boycotted 1976 Olympics.

Vitalish Bbege and Vitalish Nyamor-Bbege, equally regarded as Flensburg boxing legends, are nicely settled in Germany with their families. Offspring Dennis Nyamor Bbege is a boxer. Other folks of the Bbege descendants contain Iris Bbege, Nancy Bbege, and Elvis-Aaron Bege.

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