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Rogers Mtagwa (born March 22, 1979) is a Tanzanian former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2014. He challenged three times for a world title; the WBO junior featherweight title in 2009, the WBA (Regular) featherweight title in 2010, and the WBC featherweight title in 2011.

Rogers Mtagwa
Statistics
Nickname(s)The Tiger
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
NationalityTanzanian
Born (1979-03-22) 22 March 1979 (age 40)
Dodoma, Tanzania
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights47
Wins27
Wins by KO19
Losses17
Draws2
No contests1

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Professional careerEdit

Mtagwa began his professional career on February 10, 1997, gaining a points victory over Alfred Mgaromba in Dar es Salaam. Mtagwa tasted defeat for the first time when he travelled to Kenya to face Joseph Waweru, losing a six rounds points decision. However, this loss was avenged when he scored a knockout over Waweru in the rematch.

Mtagwa left Tanzania and relocated to Philadelphia, United States. His first fight in his new home city was on May 2, 2000, losing an eight round decision to Debind Thapa.[1]

On October 10, 2009 Mtagwa challenged for the WBO super bantamweight title against the undefeated Puerto Rican fighter Juan Manuel López in what was considered a fight of the year candidate.[2] Although Lopez won the fight by a unanimous decision, he was hurt badly by Mtagwa in the later rounds and struggled to stay on his feet to hear the final bell.[3]

On 23 January 2010 Mtagwa stepped up to featherweight to unsuccessfully challenge the Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa for the WBA featherweight title. Mtagwa did not perform as well as he did in his previous title challenge, he was knocked down three times before the referee called a stop to the action in round two.[4]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
47 fights 27 wins 17 losses
By knockout 19 5
By decision 8 12
Draws 2
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
47 Loss 27–17–2 (1)   Juan Carlos Velasquez MD 6 May 1, 2014   Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, U.S.
46 Loss 27–16–2 (1)   Cornelius Lock TKO 4 (8), 1:10 Feb 21, 2014   Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, U.S.
45 Loss 27–15–2 (1)   Jhonny González TKO 2 (12), 2:15 Sep 15, 2011   County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas, U.S. For WBC featherweight title
44 Win 27–14–2 (1)   Pedro Navarrete TKO 8 Aug 13, 2011   Centro Internacional, Acapulco, Mexico
43 Loss 26–14–2 (1)   Yuriorkis Gamboa TKO 2 (12), 2:35 Jan 23, 2010   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBA (Regular) featherweight title
42 Loss 26–13–2 (1)   Juan Manuel López UD 12 Oct 10, 2009   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBO junior featherweight title
41 Win 26–12–2 (1)   Ricardo Medina UD 10 May 1, 2009   The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
40 Win 25–12–2 (1)   Tomas Villa KO 10 (10), 1:20 Nov 7, 2008   Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
39 Win 24–12–2 (1)   Aldo Valtierra UD 10 Mar 7, 2008   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
38 Loss 23–12–2 (1)   Billy Dib UD 8 Nov 10, 2007   Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 NC 23–11–2 (1)   Aldo Valtierra SD 12 Jul 20, 2007   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. For vacant NABF featherweight title;
Originally a SD win for Mtagwa, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
36 Win 23–11–2   Terrance Roy KO 2 (8), 1:35 Apr 11, 2007   The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
35 Loss 22–11–2   Martin Honorio SD 12 Nov 10, 2006   Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S. Lost USBA featherweight title
34 Win 22–10–2   Alvin Brown KO 4 (12), 3:06 Aug 2, 2006   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained USBA featherweight title
33 Win 21–10–2   Artyom Simonyan KO 4 (12), 1:58 Jun 16, 2006   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Retained USBA featherweight title
32 Loss 20–10–2   Orlando Salido TKO 5 (12), 3:00 Mar 18, 2006   The Centre, Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
31 Win 20–9–2   Joe Morales TKO 10 (12), 1:58 Jul 8, 2005   Athletic Center, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. Won vacant USBA featherweight title
30 Win 19–9–2   Fernando Trejo SD 10 Mar 18, 2005   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
29 Loss 18–9–2   Agapito Sánchez MD 10 Oct 14, 2004   Hanover Marriott, Whippany, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Win 18–8–2   Broderick Harper KO 2 (8) May 14, 2004   New Alhambra Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
27 Loss 17–8–2   Valdemir Pereira TKO 8 (10), 2:36 Jan 3, 2004   Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
26 Win 17–7–2   Isidro Tejedor UD 10 Aug 22, 2003   Silver Star Hotel and Casino, Choctaw, Mississippi, U.S.
25 Win 16–7–2   Corey Alarcon KO 3 (6), 1:56 Jun 27, 2003   Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
24 Win 15–7–2   Kareem Braithwaite TKO 4 (6), 2:08 Jan 31, 2003   Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Loss 14–7–2   Jose Reyes SD 8 Oct 11, 2002   First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
22 Draw 14–6–2   Edwin Santana SD 10 Jul 12, 2002   Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, U.S.
21 Loss 14–6–1   Antonio Diaz MD 10 May 25, 2002   Lowes Speedway, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
20 Draw 14–5–1   Victorio Abadia PTS 4 Mar 15, 2002   Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
19 Win 14–5   Steve Trumble TKO 3 (6) Sep 21, 2001   The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
18 Win 13–5   Donovan Carey TKO 2 Jun 15, 2001   The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
17 Win 12–5   Nelson Ramon Medina TKO 6 (6) Feb 21, 2001   Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Loss 11–5   Emmanuel Lucero UD 10 Oct 6, 2000   Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Loss 11–4   Isidro Tejedor PTS 8 Sep 22, 2000   The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
14 Win 11–3   Garvin Crout KO 1 (8), 2:39 Sep 12, 2000   The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
13 Loss 10–3   Debind Thapa UD 8 May 2, 2000   Big O Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
12 Win 10–2   Obote Ameme PTS 6 Apr 8, 2000   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
11 Win 9–2   Charles Kasumba KO 12 (12) Dec 31, 1999   Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala, Uganda Won vacant ABU junior featherweight title
10 Win 8–2   Musa Njue KO 2 Sep 4, 1999   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
9 Win 7–2   Obote Ameme PTS 8 Aug 15, 1999   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
8 Win 6–2   Rashid Ally KO 5 Dec 19, 1998   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
7 Loss 5–2   Michael Kizza PTS 10 Oct 18, 1998   Kampala, Uganda For vacant African Zone 5 junior featherweight title
6 Win 5–1   Hillary Olwenya KO 2 Sep 12, 1998   Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
5 Win 4–1   Joseph Waweru KO 4 Sep 5, 1998   Mombasa, Kenya
4 Loss 3–1   Joseph Waweru PTS 6 Aug 29, 1998   Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
3 Win 3–0   Rashid Ally PTS 10 Aug 25, 1997   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
2 Win 2–0   Rajab Mohamed KO 3 (4) Jul 23, 1997   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
1 Win 1–0 Alfred Mgaromba PTS 4 Feb 10, 1997   Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "boxer: Rogers Mtagwa". Boxrec. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Is Lopez/Mtagwa Fight of the Year?". SportingNews.com, The Rumble. Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Lopez shows heart, power". ESPN. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Cuban Gamboa smokes Mtagwa in 2". ESPN. Retrieved 23 May 2010.

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