Ayub Kalule

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Ayub Kalule
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Born January 6, 1954

Ayub Kalule (born January 6, 1954) is a retired boxer from Uganda, who first came to prominence when he won the Amateur World Welterweight Title at the inaugural 1974 World Championships in Havana, Cuba. He turned professional and based himself in Denmark, and went on to win the light-middleweight championship. He subsequently lost the title to Sugar Ray Leonard.

Born in Kampala, he began his professional boxing career in 1976 when he won a four round decision over Kurt Hombach in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kalule would be based out of Denmark for the rest of his career. He then won 29 more victories, achieving 30 wins, 0 losses. Included in those victories were defeats of Alipata Korovou for the Commonwealth Middleweight Title and a 10 round decision of former US Gold Medalist Sugar Ray Seales.

On October 24, 1979, Kalule traveled to Akita, Japan to take on Masashi Kudo for the WBA Junior middleweight Championship of the world. Kalule easily outboxed the champion and thus captured the coveted world championship belt. He then successfully defended the title four times before taking on the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard on June 25, 1981 in the Houston Astrodome. A virtual unknown in the United States, Kalule was considered little more than a courier waiting to deliver the belt to Leonard. The fight proved much more difficult for Leonard as Kalule repeately landed straight lefts and fought on an almost even ground for the first five or six rounds. Slowly Leonard started to take control and in the 9th round ended the fight and Kalule's reign as WBA Champion.

Kalule fought on until the beginning of 1986 and managed to win the European Middleweight Title and defend it successfully against future world champion Sumbu Kalambay. Prior to that, he received another shot at the WBA Jr Middleweight Title held at that time by Davey Moore. Kalule put up a very good fight, but again was KO'd, this time in the 10th round. Ayub's career ended on February 5, 1986 when he lost the European Middleweight Title to Herol Graham. He finished his career with a very impressive record of 46-4 with 24 KOs.

Professional boxing record[edit]

46 Wins (23 knockouts, 23 decisions), 4 Losses (4 knockouts, 0 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 34-0 United Kingdom Herol Graham TKO 10 5 February 1986 England Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, United Kingdom EBU Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the tenth round.
Win 37-2-1 Italy Sumbu Kalambay SD 12 19 December 1985 Italy Ancona, Italy EBU Middleweight Title. 113-114, 118-115, 117-114.
Win 26-3-2 France Pierre Joly TKO 8 20 June 1985 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark EBU Middleweight Title.
Win 0-1 Mexico Mauro Fernandez TKO 4 9 March 1985 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 21-3 United States Lindell Holmes PTS 8 9 November 1984 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 24-4 Canada Wayne Caplette TKO 3 5 October 1984 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 12-0 United Kingdom Jimmy Price TKO 1 25 April 1984 England Alexandra Pavilion, Muswell Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 16-0 Jamaica Mike McCallum RTD 7 13 November 1982 New Jersey Sands Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Kalule retired at 3:00 of the seventh round.
Loss 10-0 United States Davey Moore TKO 10 17 July 1982 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:58 of the tenth round.
Win 58-12-1 United States Oscar Albarado TKO 2 30 April 1982 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 20-20-5 France Jacques Chinon PTS 10 26 February 1982 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 16-9-1 United States O'Dell Leonard PTS 8 13 November 1981 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 42-3 Spain Andoni Amana PTS 10 9 October 1981 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 29-1 United States Sugar Ray Leonard TKO 9 25 June 1981 Texas Astrodome, Houston, Texas, United States WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 3:06 of the ninth round.
Win 25-5-1 United States Pat Hallacy PTS 10 5 March 1981 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 19-2 South Africa Bushy Bester UD 15 6 September 1980 Denmark Vejlby-Risskov Hallen, Aarhus, Denmark WBA World Light Middleweight Title. 147-138, 147-138, 147-139.
Win 19-2-1 Croatia Marijan Benes UD 15 12 June 1980 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark WBA World Light Middleweight Title. 149-145, 149-142, 149-147.
Win 38-5-3 Colombia Emiliano Villa RTD 11 17 April 1980 Denmark Brøndby Hall, Brøndby, Denmark WBA World Light Middleweight Title. Villa retired at 3:00 of the 11th round.
Win 20-0-2 United States Steve "Young" Gregory UD 15 6 December 1979 Denmark Brøndby Hall, Brøndby, Denmark WBA World Light Middleweight Title. 149-135, 150-135, 150-147.
Win 23-0 Japan Masashi Kudo UD 15 24 October 1979 Japan City Gymnasium, Akita City, Japan WBA World Light Middleweight Title. 149-139, 146-139, 149-145.
Win 32-15 United States David "Free" Love PTS 10 6 September 1979 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 14-4 United States "Sugar" Ray Hammond PTS 8 28 June 1979 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 22-25-6 Argentina Obdulio Rogelio Zarza PTS 10 24 May 1979 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 35-7 New Zealand Monty Betham TKO 4 15 March 1979 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 11-1-1 South Korea Ho Joo KO 2 15 February 1979 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 32-8 United Kingdom Kevin Finnegan UD 10 7 December 1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark 100-95, 100-95, 100-93.
Win 46-4-2 United States Sugar Ray Seales MD 10 9 November 1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 4-2 Guyana Reggie Ford KO 5 14 September 1978 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 22-0 United States Milton "Black Widow" Owens TKO 6 10 August 1978 Denmark Glyngoere Hallen, Glyngoere, Denmark
Win 24-13-1 Fiji Al Korovou TKO 14 25 May 1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark Commonwealth Middleweight Title.
Win 12-3-1 Senegal Idrissa Konate TKO 7 27 April 1978 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 14-9 Japan Tsutomu Hagusa TKO 3 16 March 1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 32-2 United States Johnny "The Mad" Baldwin PTS 10 2 March 1978 Denmark Vejle, Denmark
Win 50-16-6 Spain "G.I." Jose Hernandez TKO 5 9 February 1978 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 8-8 The Bahamas Rennie Pinder PTS 10 26 January 1978 Norway Chateau Neuf, Oslo, Norway
Win 16-2-3 Colombia Bonifacio Avila TKO 4 5 January 1978 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 30-4-2 United States Ralph Palladin PTS 10 8 December 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 62-6-10 Argentina Miguel Castellini TKO 3 3 November 1977 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 23-6-3 United States Alvin Anderson TKO 9 6 October 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 33-6 United States "Boxing" Rudy Robles PTS 10 8 September 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 66-2-4 The Bahamas Elisha Obed PTS 10 2 June 1977 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 20-5-2 Argentina Jose Luis Duran TKO 7 28 April 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 5-4 Venezuela Arnoldo Olivares TKO 6 31 March 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 25-17-4 Spain Mimoun Mohatar PTS 10 24 February 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 21-2-1 Italy Damiano Lassandro TKO 3 20 January 1977 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 27-5-1 United Kingdom "Boxing" Larry Paul KO 2 9 December 1976 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 14-36-5 Spain "Boxing" Gualberto Fernandez KO 1 19 November 1976 Denmark Randers Hallen, Randers, Denmark
Win 20-9-6 United Kingdom "Boxing" Trevor Francis PTS 6 9 October 1976 Denmark Copenhagen Forum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 5-0-1 United Kingdom Wayne "Newton" Bennett KO 5 3 June 1976 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 11-9-2 Germany Kurt Hombach PTS 4 8 April 1976 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

References[edit]

  • KALULE, Ayub International Who's Who. accessed September 4, 2006.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Masashi Kudo
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
24 Oct 1979– 25 Jun 1981
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Leonard