Ambunda Gets Another Shot At World Title … but Funds Needed to Host Mega Fight

Namibia’s former bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda has been thrown another lifeline to redeem himself when he squares off against Leandro Esperante for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world title.

According to promoter Nestor Tobias, the mega fight, which came as good news to local boxing fans, will be staged in Windhoek on August 1 at either the Ramatex Hall or the spacious Independence Arena, all depending on the availability of either venue.

Ambunda, a former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight world champion, is currently rated 3rd in the world by the WBO and is the incumbent WBA Super Bantamweight International champion. Besides the WBO, Ambunda is also rated 11th in the world by the IBF, 14th by WBA and 17th by the IBO.

On the other hand Esperante, who hails from Argentina, is rated 15th by the WBO, 22nd by the IBO and boasts an impressive record of 12 wins and 4 losses from a total of 16 fights in the paid ranks. He is also the reigning WBO Latino Super Bantamweight champion and is rated number one in his country.

The IBO world title Ambunda is vying for was recently vacated by Thabo Sonjica of South Africa, after he failed to make the required weight which eventually saw him losing the title without throwing a punch.

The IBO is recognized worldwide and is one of the world’s top belts. It is recognized by other leading organizations such as the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF, and IBO champions can therefore unify their titles with any of the mentioned sister organisations.

“We at the MTC Sunshine Boxing Academy are excited and implore all Namibians to share this excitement with us by coming out in their numbers to support Ambunda. It’s a very big fight that needs everyone’s unwavering support,” said Tobias.

MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said the MTC-sponsored Boxing Academy faces a huge task of raising at least N$3.4-milion to successfully host the fight at home, as their annual grants budget is currently depleted.

“As we currently speak, the academy has already exhausted its annual budget and will have to come up with various initiatives to raise the needed sum. But we will jointly work around the clock to see what other options we have. We have to make sure we stage the fight here at home – Namibians deserve this fight,” said Ekandjo.

Source : New Era