Ambunda to fight Palma at Omuthiya in May

WINDHOEK: Namibian boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda is to fight Cristian Palma of Chile in a ‘redemption fight’ at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region next month.

The Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing & Fitness Academy launched Ambunda’s ‘redemption fight’ against Palma in the capital on Tuesday. The two boxers are set square off on 17 May 2014 at the Omuthiya Park in the Oshikoto Region.

The encounter is billed as a ‘redemption fight’ for Ambunda who will be fighting for the first time since he lost his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight title to Tomoki Kameda of Japan in August last year.

Speaking at the launch of the redemption fight, the Chairman of the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing & Fitness Academy, Nestor Tobias told reporters that his academy is a shining light of sports in Namibia, and they have decided to decentralise boxing to the regions so that everyone can have a chance to see their champions in action.

Tobias also congratulated local boxers Tyson Ushona, Paulus “Hitman” Moses, and Vikapita “Beastmaster” Meroro for achieving top rankings in the world for their different boxing categories this month.

At the same juncture, Ambunda, who will be fighting in his new category of Super Bantamweight after moving a step up from the Bantamweight, told reporters that he is prepared to put up a good fight at Omuthiya.

He said the new weight division is not much different from bantamweight, and he is prepared for his opponent anyway.

Other big names that will also be in action include Vikapita Meroro, who will be defending his WBO Africa Cruiserweight title against Alphonce Mchumistumbo from Tanzania, while current WBO Africa Welterweight Champion Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, now rated number one mandatory challenger to Manny Pacquiáo for the World Welterweight title, will fight Ebenazer Lamptey from Ghana.