Ouma is a former world champion at 154 pounds (Photo courtesy of Team Ouma).
Report by Resolution Sports
The last time former IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (27-8-1, 17 KOs) stepped into the ring, it was over two-plus years ago when he faced a rising star in the brick-fisted force we all now know as Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Despite arguably giving Golovkin his toughest test to date, Ouma came up short in the fight, which was for the WBA Middleweight Championship, seemingly closing the book on a rather successful career. Next Wednesday night, that book will be reopened as Ouma is now looking to start writing its final chapter on his own terms.
Ouma will return to action at the EconoLodge and Conference Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, facing Rahman Mustafa Yusubov (9-12, 7 KOs), who has dropped 10 of his past 11 contests after starting his career with a 8-2 record that featured six knockouts. Fans unable to make it to the Lehigh Valley will still have the opportunity to catch all of the action live, with the entire fight card airing live on GFL.tv.
A man of Ugandan descent, the fact that Ouma ever made it the point where he was able to win a world championship belt is an amazing story in itself. The seventh of 13 children, he was abducted at the age of six-years-old and forced into being a child soldier for the rebel army known as the National Resistance Movement, which was amid a Ugandan civil war against Dictator Milton Obote. Ouma eventually found the army boxing team, and he quickly discovered that the sport could be his ticket to freedom. After 12 years of commanded warfare, Ouma came to the United States to compete in an international boxing tournament, defecting from Uganda once landing on American soil. Upon hearing the news, Army officials came to his parents’ house in search of him, and his father was fatally beaten during the visit. In addition to the loss of his father, only four of Ouma’s brothers are still alive.
Ouma turned professional in 1998, starting his career with a 22-1-1 record and knocked out eight of his first nine opponents. In April of 2004, he earned his first world title shot, defeating Verno Phillips via unanimous decision to claim the IBF Junior Middleweight Championship. After a successful defense of his belt against Kofi Jantuah, Ouma lost his title by dropping a decision to Roman Karmazin in Las Vegas. He then went on a four-bout winning streak that included wins over Marco Antonio Rubio and the then undefeated Sechew Powell at Madison Square Garden. The run earned him a crack at a world championship in a second weight class, meeting WBC and WBO Middleweight Titleholder Jermain Taylor in 2006. Despite a hard-fought effort, Ouma fell via unanimous decision and started a tough spell of six losses in eight bouts, the last of which was the defeat at the hands of Golovkin.
Additional fights on the Allentown card include a super featherweight bout between Tevin Farmer (13-4-1, 2 KOs) and Carlos Vinan (10-11-5, 2 KOs), as well as a heavyweight encounter that features Dorsett Barnwell (10-0, 5 KOs) against Terrance Smith (8-16-3, 5 KOs). Heavyweight John Lennox (12-2, 5 KOs), light heavyweight Ray Ginley (5-0, 3 KOs) and welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (9-0, 4 KOs) are also slated for action.
Anyone seeking tickets for this show can get them today by calling Jay Newman of VIP Fighting events at 610-392-3482. Prices are $20 for General Admission, $35 for Regular Seating and $50 for VIP Ringside Seats.