Ambunda Moves Up a Weight

Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, former WBO Bantamweight world champion will for the first time be fighting in a slightly higher weight division, in the Junior Featherweight also known as Super Bantamweight division, when he takes on Cristian Palma from Chile in Omuthiya on 17 May, in a bid to revive his boxing career.

This will be the first time that Ambunda fights in this division. The bantamweight division weight limit is 53,40kg while the Junior Featherweight or Super Bantamweight division limit is 55,50kg.

“Ambunda has unfortunately outgrown the bantamweight division and this is quite normal in boxing,” his trainer Nestor Tobias said.

“It is indeed a new opportunity for him but with that comes new challenges, new opponents as well as new opportunities. We are fortunate that the IBF, WBA and WBO International titles are all vacant at the moment and Ambunda will therefore be fighting for all these titles on the same night. If he wins it will be a magnificent achievement, because this will now effectively mean that his victory will make him the WBO, WBA and IBF International champion. We will be making boxing history by fighting for the same title from three of the world’s most recognized boxing organizations, the World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF),” he added.

Ambunda’s boxing record remains impressive with 21 fights, 20 wins and only one loss while his opponent Palma boasts with a record of 27 fights, 19 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.

A win for Ambunda will see his world ranking improve dramatically in all three boxing federations which would makes him eligible for a world title fight in any of the three boxing organizations.

Namibian welterweight Tyson Ushona will also be in action when he defends his WBO Africa and IBF International titles against Patrick Allotey of Ghana.

Ushona is currently ranked number two in the world by the WBO, but he is likely to move up to take Manny Pacquiao’s spot at number one, following the Pacman’s victory against Timothy Bradley last weekend.

“This fight is important for Ushona because it keeps his current world ranking active and will serve as a motivation for the powers at the WBO and IBF to declare him the mandatory challenger for the world title against the current champion Pacquiao in the WBO,” Tobias said.

Allotey boasts a record of 31 fights, 30 wins and only one loss which makes him a very lethal opponent, while Tyson has a record of 34 fights, 31 wins, 2 losses and 1 technical draw.

Also in action will be Vikapita “Beastmaster” Meroro who is currently rated number two in the world by the WBO with a record of 29 fights, 25 wins and 4 losses. Meroro will defend his WBO Africa Cruiserweight title against Alphonce Mchumistumbo from Tanzania, who has a record of 17 fights, 14 wins, 2 losses and 1 draw.

Meroro needs to win this fight by any means necessary to increase his chances of fighting for the world title, according to Tobias.

“Plans are underway to approach the current champion Marco Huck’s camp to challenge him for the title, but Meroro will first have to overcome this hurdle and this fight should therefore mean everything for him in his boxing career,” he said.

There will also be a number of other fights on the undercard. The event takes place on 17 May in the town of Omuthiya at the Omuthiya Park.

“After the fight we will entertain the crowd with live music with prominent Namibian artists which will most probably feature the various winners from the 2014 NAMA’s because we want to give the boxing fans total entertainment. There will also be live performances by top DJ’s of Namibia to keep the crowd on their feet during the night,” Tobias said.

Tickets are available at Computicket, with VIP tickets selling for N$500 while standard tickets will sell for N$ 50. The fight is being organised by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy.

Source : The Namibian