Ambunda to Make His Return in Omuthiya

THE MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy roadshow next goes to Omuthiya, the capital of the Oshikoto region, when the ‘Redemption of the Rock’ bonanza will be held at Omuthiya Park on 17 May.

Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda will make his long awaited return to the ring since losing his WBO bantamweight title in August last year, while other world-rated boxers like Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona and Vikapita ‘Beastmaster’ Meroro will also be in action.

At a press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, boxing promoter Nestor Tobias said they were committed to taking boxing to all areas of Namibia.

“We went big in Outapi, the people were really happy and enjoyed it, there must have been 6 000 people there. Now we are going to Omuthiya and we will once again have a special show for the people. We will have entertainment and will party till the next morning,” he said.

In the main bout, Ambunda will take on Nestor Hugo Paniagua of Argentina for the WBO International bantamweight title. This title will become vacant next month when the current title holder Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand challenges Tomoki Kameda for the WBO bantamweight title and according to Tobias a victory will put Ambunda back on track for a world title shot.

“The Rock will make his comeback after his disappointing fight against Kameda. We are never happy to lose, but I talked to Ambunda and motivated him and now we will try and get him back so that he can challenge for the world title again,” he said.

Ambunda said he was confident of doing well.

“I don’t have much to say, but come the 17th of May ‘the Rock’ will mean ‘the Rock.’ I wont repeat the mistakes I made last year and I wont accept it. Omuthiya is close to my home so I ask the people to come in great numbers to support their sons,” he said.

Ambunda has a record of 20 wins and one defeat, while the 34-year-old Paniagua is an experienced boxer with a record of 24 wins (16 by knockout), seven defeats and two draws.

In the main supporting fight, Tyson Ushona will take on either Philip Ndou of South Africa or Carlos Herrera of Argentina for the WBO International welterweight title. This title will also become vacant when the current holder Manny Pacquiao challenges Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight title.

Ushona is currently ranked second in the world by the WBO and according to Tobias a victory will push him closer to a mandatory world title shot.

“Tyson is one of our top boxers and is ranked number two by the WBO now, just behind Manny Pacquiao. We will keep on pushing Tyson so that he can become the mandatory challenger for the world title,” he said.

According to Tobias they are still negotiating to see which one of the two boxers Ushona will fight.

“Tyson must still select the boxer that he will fight. He’s the man now, so he will look at the record of these boxers before he makes a decision,” he said.

Ushona said he didn’t mind whom he faced.

“It doesn’t matter who I fight. I can see both kids have good records but whoever makes it will get a good beating. Omuthiya is close to where my relatives are so I have to entertain the people and I promise to put up a good show,” he said.

Vikapita “Beastmaster” Meroro, who will also defend his WBO African cruiserweight title against an as yet unnamed opponent, was also in a confident mood.

“I don’t know who my opponent will be but once the man is here I will tell him how I will beat him,” he said.

There will be a total of ten fights but the boxers for the other fights still have to be finalised.

Source : The Namibian