James Busceme

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James "Bubba" Busceme (born 14 February 1952), is an American former boxer, who became one of the most celebrated American amateur boxers in history.

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Busceme was, at 132 pounds (60 kilograms), the 1971 National AAU champion and 1972 National Golden Gloves champion, defeating Norman Goins of Indianapolis in the final. He was also a Golden Gloves champion at 132 lb in 1971, and before that he won the Golden Gloves crown at 125 pounds (57 kilograms) in 1969 and 1970. His amateur record is reported to be 520-13. He competed at 132 pounds at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Olympic results[edit]

  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Praianan Vichit (Thailand) 5-0
  • Lost to Jan Szczepanski (Poland) 0-5


In his post-boxing career, Busceme is a school teacher in Belize, the only official English-speaking country in Central America.

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