By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
Ayub Kalule, the son of a boxer, was born on January 6, 1954 in the Buganda region of Uganda. He is arguably the greatest pugilist that country has ever produced. Kalule enjoyed an outstanding amateur career, which included a victory over US Olympian Sugar Ray Seales. He won the World Amateur boxing championship as a JR Welterweight in 1974 and was slated to represent the country of Uganda in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Kalule would have been one of the favorites at JR Welterweight, along with American Sugar Ray Leonard. However, Ayub was denied the opportunity when Uganda became one of the many nations to boycott the Olympics. Consequently, Kalule started his professional career in relative obscurity while Leonard’s Gold Medal victory vaulted him to immediate stardom.