Today we pay tribute to
Robert Wangila (Olympic Boxing Champion)
Wangila was one of the youngest members of the Kenya boxing team in the mid 1980s. In the local league, he boxed for Kenya Breweries boxing club where he was employed as a driver. Kenya’s boxing success in the 1980s owes largely due to the fact that companies like Kenya Breweries eagerly employed and supported sportsmen like Wangila who then represented their teams in the league
In 1987, He won a gold medal at the 4th All Africa games with a scintillating display of power punching. At the Seoul Olympics of 1988 He became the first African ever to win an Olympic Gold medal in Boxing when He beat Frenchman Laurent Boudani in an exhilarating final. A right cross in the 3rd round sent Boudani crashing to the canvass resulting in a TKO. Had he not knocked out the Frenchman, he probably would gave “lost” on points considering how biased judges were in those days. Indeed Wangila possessed a powerful right jab and was known as one of the hardest hitters at the Olympics.As a an amateur, Wangila had an amazing record of 165 wins and only 5 losses.