Ambunda Driven By Hunger

Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda has an insatiable appetite for success, a character trait his fans will bear witness to when he defeats Chilean Cristain Palma for the unified IBFWBA Super Bantamweight International titles at Omuthiya Park on Saturday, according to his trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias.

Tobias said Ambunda is keen to admonish the demons of his brief reign as the WBO bantamweight king, which lasted just five months following his disputed title defeat to Japan’s Tomoki Kameda last year.

“Ambunda is still a hungry fighter. You can see from the way he trains. He is very committed and determined to be top again,” Tobias said of the 33 year-old Namibia Defence Force warrant officer class-2.

“This will be a historical fight because it’s the first unification title fight in Namibia. Ambunda has the chance to make history. He knows that if he wins, then he can get a shot at the world title in either the IBF or WBA,” Tobias added.

Likewise, Palma too is desperate for success, which is why he dropped down from his more accustomed featherweight class to fight Ambunda at junior featherweight.

However, the 29 year-old South American has had little success in title fights in recent times, having lost an interim WBC Latino super featherweight title fight to Fernando Saucedo from Argentina in November of 2012 and the WBA Inter-Continental featherweight title contest against Oleg Yefimovycha of the Ukraine a year earlier.

“I came here to win and I will show Paulus Ambunda on Saturday. I normally fight featherweight or lightweight but super bantamweight will be easy for me,” Palma said.

Unstoppable Tyson

While Ambunda makes a return to the ring after a lengthy absence, the keyword for primary undercard attraction Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona is momentum.

Ushona is supremely confident that he will defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Ghanaian Ebenezer Lamptey to enhance his chances for a pop at Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao’s world title.

The Namibian with lofty ambitions declared earlier this week that he is in “tremendous shape and unstoppable”.

Tobias agreed.

“Tyson needs to maintain his winning streak, so we can challenge Pacquiao. I know Pacquiao is only interested in big fights but the rules are clear. If Tyson wins then he is the mandatory challenger and we are going to push for that [fight to happen],” said Tobias, who intends to use the WBO Convention to promote Ushona’s cause.

Another of Tobias’s fighters with worldly ambitions is Vikapita ‘Beastmaster’ Meroro, who is expected to defend his WBO Africa cruiserweight title against Alphonce Mchumistumbo of Tanzania.

Victory for Meroro would translate into a top ranking by the WBO in his division.

“Just like Ambunda and Ushona, he [Meroro] will make it easy for himself to get a world title fight. That is what we want and I can guarantee you we will produce another world champion,” said Tobias, who urged the nation to “come and enjoy a great night of boxing”.

The entrance fee for Saturday’s fight is N$50 and N$500 for VIP tickets. The first bout starts at 18h30 while the gates will already open at 15h00.

Source : The Namibian