Ambunda to Fight Kameda – Tobias

Paulus Ambunda will challenge Tomoki Kameda for his WBO bantamweight title in the near future, after Kameda successfully defended the title against Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand over the weekend.

Kameda beat Pungluang on a seventh round technical knockout in Las Vegas on Saturday evening and according to Ambunda’s promoter Nestor Tobias, Kameda will now have to defend his title against Ambunda.

“Kameda has to fight Ambunda now. There is a clause in our contract that he will have to fight a rematch against Ambunda after he made a mandatory defence against Pungluang,” he said.

“We will negotiate for a venue and the fight should still take place this year,” he added.

Tobias, who watched the fight between Pungluang and Kameda said it was a close contest.

“It was a close fight and Kameda was also in trouble in the fourth round when he was nearly knocked out. But he survived and knocked Pungluang out with a body punch in the seventh round,” he said.

Ambunda won the WBO bantamweight title when he beat Pungluang on points in March 2013, but then lost the title on points in his first defence against Kameda in the Philippines five months later.

Tobias said he was sure that Ambunda would beat Kameda in a rematch.

“Ambunda can definitely beat Kameda, he will just have to work hard,” he said.

Tobias meanwhile said he was working hard to secure title fights for some of his top boxers.

The IBF president for Africa, Onesmo Ngowi recently said that Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona would face Robson Assisi of Brazil for the vacant IBF International welterweight title, but Tobias said it was not a done deal yet.

“We need to keep Tyson busy and have been offered a crack at the IBF International title, but we are still negotiating and an opponent has not been finalised yet,” he said.

Ushona is currently ranked first in the world in the WBO welterweight category, and is due for a mandatory challenge against the champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines.

Tobias said he was also working on world title eliminator bouts for Vikapita Meroro and Paulus Moses, who are both highly ranked according to the latest WBO rankings.

Meroro is ranked second in the world in the WBO junior heavyweight category, while Moses is ranked second in the WBO lightweight category. Ambunda, meanwhile, is ranked fourth in the WBO bantamweight category.

Two other Namibian boxers, Gottlieb Ndokosho and Immanuel Naidjala also feature prominently in the IBF Intercontinental rankings which were released last week.

Ndokosho is ranked third in the IBF Intercontinental featherweight category, while Naidjala is ranked second in there IBF Intercontinental bantamweight category.

Source : The Namibian