Kassim Ouma

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Kassim Ouma
Kassim Ouma.jpg
Ouma in 2010
Nickname(s) The Dream
Rated at Light middleweight
Nationality Ugandan
Born (1978-12-12) 12 December 1978 (age 37)
Kampala, Uganda
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 38
Wins 28
Wins by KO 17
Losses 8
Draws 1
No contests 1

Kassim Ouma (born 12 December 1978) is a Ugandan professional boxer. He is a former IBF junior middleweight champion and has twice challenged for the world middleweight title.

Early life[edit]

Born into poverty, at the age of six he was kidnapped and forced to join the National Resistance Army and consequently did not see his family for five years. Ouma is the 7th of 13 children, which include 7 brothers and 5 sisters. Only 4 brothers are still alive.

Amateur career[edit]

Upon leaving the army, Ouma started boxing and amassed an amateur record of 62 wins and 3 losses. He made the Ugandan national boxing team and was selected to fight at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, but did not attend due to financial difficulties.

Professional career[edit]

On a Ugandan national amateur team trip to the United States, Ouma decided to stay to undertake a career as a professional boxer to support his family in Uganda. Ouma later won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight world title.

Ouma is a former champion and top-level contender in the Light Middleweight division. He has quality wins against Jason Papillion, Juan Carlos Candelo, and Verno Phillips, his second win against whom earned him the IBF Light Middleweight title. Ouma successfully defended his championship with a twelve round unanimous decision against Kofi Jantuah of Ghana. Ouma later lost this title in a unanimous decision defeat against Roman Karmazin, a bout in which Ouma was put to the canvas twice. It was only the second defeat of his career.

Since the Karmazin bout, Ouma has remained active in the Light Middleweight division, earning three wins, two by knockout. On May 6, 2006 Ouma defeated Marco Antonio Rubio by split decision despite being knocked down in the first round.

Ouma returned to the ring with an impressive win over undefeated fellow southpaw Sechew Powell August 5, 2006. Powell is from Brooklyn, NY and the fight took place at the Theatre of Madison Square Garden. The official scorecards were 90-100, 93-97, and 94-96 all in favor of Kassim Ouma by unanimous decision.

Ouma lost the middleweight title shot against Jermain Taylor on Dec. 9, 2006. Taylor's power and well-timed clenches kept Ouma from throwing as many punches as he usually does. Despite absorbing a large number of extremely hard shots, Ouma did not go down. The fight went the full 12 rounds, and Ouma lost by unanimous decision. The judges scored the fight 118-110, 117-111 and 115-113 for Taylor who was at home in Little Rock, Arkansas.

After the Taylor fight Ouma lost back to back close decisions to Saul Roman in October 2007 and Cornelius Bundrage in March 2008.

On September 25, 2010, Ouma stopped Joey Gilbert in the 6th round of their 10-round bout for the vacant NABA middleweight title at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

Outside the Ring[edit]

Ironically, while in Uganda he was never shot despite being in the army. However, after having moved to America he was shot twice in Florida in December 2002. According to Kassim, his father was beaten to death by the Ugandan army in retaliation for his leaving of the country.[1][2]

A documentary entitled "Kassim the Dream" was made in 2008. It was an official selection at several film festivals.[3]

After years of Ugandan media speculation, US-based Ugandan boxer Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma finally walked down the aisle on August 23, 2008, with long-time girlfriend Jalia Nandawula, a practicing nurse and pharmaceutical proprietor in Texas. The boxer’s wedding came at a time when he and ex-lover, singer Juliana Kanyomozi, were having a rift. (In a highly publicized wedding-to-be, Ouma had promised to make Kanyomozi, also currently performing in the US, his wife in 2007.)

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Preceded by
Verno Phillips
IBF Light Middleweight boxing champion
13 Oct 2004 – 14 Jul 2005
Succeeded by
Roman Karmazin