Ambunda crowned world champion for the second time

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s Super Bantamweight boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda became the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight World champion on Sunday here after beating Leandro Esperante of Argentina for the vacant title.

The fight was held at the former Ramatex textile factory in Windhoek.

Ambunda who first became a World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight champion after defeating Pungluang Sor Singyu in March 2013 lost that title to Tomoki Kameda of Japan five months later.

But on Sunday morning he was again crowned World Champion in a different weight category after a tough 12 round fight with an Argentinian boxer.

Esperante came to the fight prepared and dominated the first five opening rounds of the fight as he brought the crowded in attendance at Ramatex to a stand still when his left hook downed Ambunda in round two.

After being counted out twice by referee Andile Matika of South Africa Ambunda managed to beat the counts as the round came to an end.

He later on put up a great fight in the third round but Esperante managed to keep him under control, and after twelve rounds of great boxing between the two fighters it was left to the judges score cards to decide the winner.

The judges scored the fight in a split decision with two judges scoring in favour of Ambunda while the other one score the fight in favour of Esperante.

The score read 114-133, 114-115, 115-113 and Ambunda scoring more from the two judges to be crowned the new IBO champion.

Speaking to the media after the fight an emotional Ambunda said he promised to be a champion for the second time and he is happy he did not disappoint the Namibian nation.

“I would like to dedicate this fight to my uncle who passed away this year and I also dedicate it to my mother who has been there for me through thick and thin,” he said.

Meanwhile other boxer that also fought on the night was Jeremia Nakathila who beat Paul Maxilana of South Africa with a first round technical knockout (TKO) in their International Junior Lightweight.

In an International middleweight fight between Paulinus Paulus and Kith Karimbika of Zimbabwe Paulus knock his opponent out in the first round as well.

Sacky Shikukutu beat Limbani Masamba of Malawi on points after six rounds of boxing in an International Welterweight fight.

Walter Kautondokwa beat Reson Hobyani of South Africa with a round three knockout in a six round International Middleweight bout while Japhet Uutoni won on points after beating Khanyakude Mukansi also from South Africa.

In the IBO Africa Welterweight title fight between Betuel “Tyson” Ushona and Bongo Lipembo of Democratic Republic of Congo Ushona defeated his opponent on points after 12 round of fighting with the judges scoring the fight unanimously in favour of the Namibian boxer 119-110,118-110, 119-110.

While in the international lightweight bout between Paulus “The Hitman” Moses and Sadiki Momba of Tanzania, Moses defeated his opponent on points after eight rounds of boxing.