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July 29, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Wangila spent six years futilely attempting to relive his one, golden flash. Sunday, long after most people had written him off, he died trying. The body of Wangila, who came to America fresh from his scintillating triumph in the 1988 Olympic Games--the first boxing gold medal won by an African--will be flown home Saturday to Kenya. There will be a burial without professional riches, without accolades, without anything he came to the United States six years ago to acquire.
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July 29, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Wangila spent six years futilely attempting to relive his one, golden flash. Sunday, long after most people had written him off, he died trying. The body of Wangila, who came to America fresh from his scintillating triumph in the 1988 Olympic Games--the first boxing gold medal won by an African--will be flown home Saturday to Kenya. There will be a burial without professional riches, without accolades, without anything he came to the United States six years ago to acquire.
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October 26, 1993 | Associated Press
Troy Waters of Sydney took command in the fourth round and stopped former Olympic gold medalist Robert Wangila at 1:08 of the sixth round in their scheduled 12-round junior-middleweight bout Monday night at the Forum. Waters (21-3) opened the sixth with a flurry of blows that drove Wangila (21-4) around the ring.
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October 26, 1993 | Associated Press
Troy Waters of Sydney took command in the fourth round and stopped former Olympic gold medalist Robert Wangila at 1:08 of the sixth round in their scheduled 12-round junior-middleweight bout Monday night at the Forum. Waters (21-3) opened the sixth with a flurry of blows that drove Wangila (21-4) around the ring.
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June 25, 1993 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Wangila established his plan almost before the opening bell stopped ringing and as a result, Will Hernandez couldn't answer the tone to start the sixth round. Wangila was credited with a fifth-round knockout in the middleweight main event Thursday at the Irvine Marriott. It was the 15th knockout for Wangila (20-3), who won the gold medal in the welterweight division at the 1988 Olympics for Kenya. He now lives in Hollywood.
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September 13, 1993 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Jorge Paez, three years removed from his reign as the International Boxing Federation featherweight champion, brings his act to the Forum tonight, in the lightweight main event against Erick Madrid. The 27-year-old Paez (44-6-4) is best known for his antics before, during and after fights. The 32-year-old Madrid (15-2-1, with 12 knockouts) will be in his first fight in California since 1988.
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July 25, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wangila Napunyi, who struggled as a professional after winning the first Olympic boxing gold medal for an African nation, died Sunday morning in a Las Vegas hospital two days after suffering head injuries in a knockout loss. He was 26. Napunyi, who fought for Kenya under the name Robert Wangila in the 1988 Games at Seoul, was stopped in the ninth round by welterweight David Gonzales, ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Council, in a bout Friday night at the Aladdin Hotel.
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June 24, 1993 | STEVE KRESAL
Kenya's Napunyi (Robert) Wangila, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the welterweight division, will be featured in tonight's main event at the Irvine Marriott. Wangila takes on Will Hernandez of Sacramento in a rematch of a bout held in March, 1992 in Las Vegas. The previous bout was about even before Hernandez scored an eighth-round knockout. That was Wangila's most-recentappearance was in the ring.
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February 25, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
Nearly a continent away from heavyweight champion Mike Tyson's title defense tonight, the newest gun in town fired his first shots Friday night at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Having already declared he wants to fight Tyson within 18 months, Ray Mercer, heavyweight gold medalist of the 1988 Olympic Games, made his professional debut by stopping Jessie McGhee of Welch, West Va., at the 30-second mark of the third round in a scheduled four-rounder.
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June 25, 1993 | STEVE KRESAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Wangila established his plan almost before the opening bell stopped ringing and as a result, Will Hernandez couldn't answer the tone to start the sixth round. Wangila was credited with a fifth-round knockout in the middleweight main event Thursday at the Irvine Marriott. It was the 15th knockout for Wangila (20-3), who won the gold medal in the welterweight division at the 1988 Olympics for Kenya. He now lives in Hollywood.
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November 18, 1992 | ALLAN MALAMUD
Not even the UCLA-USC game, apparently, is going to bring college football out of its attendance slump in Southern California this season. . . . Only 75,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday at the Rose Bowl and the crowd could be the smallest to see the rivals play since 1975, when 80,927 watched the Bruins win, 25-22, at the Coliseum. . . . The biggest crowd during the series--103,303 in 1939 at the Coliseum--saw the smallest amount of scoring--none. . . .
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February 25, 1989 | Earl Gustkey
The undercard for the Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns bout at Caesars Palace June 12 could turn out to be almost as interesting as the main event. Four amateur boxers from the Soviet Union are about to leave for Las Vegas, and some of them may turn pro on the Leonard-Hearns card, according to promoter Bob Arum. "I'm dealing with a Toronto-based trading company called Seabeco Group, Inc., which does a lot of business with the USSR," Arum said.
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