Ushona Challenges Pacquiao

NAMIBIAN welterweight boxer Tyson Ushona has issued a challenge to WBO welterweight champion Manny Pascquiao after being ranked as the mandatory number one ranked challenger to Pacquiao’s title.

“You saw his last fight against Timothy Bradley and one can tell that he’s completely out and he’s not the Manny Pacquiao we used to know. The type of fight they fight and the type of style they have, for me, I can take him on any time, that’s fine,” he said.

Ushona was ranked number one by the WBO in their April rankings which were recently released and according to WBO rules, the champion will have to fight the number one ranked challenger within 90 days.

Whether Ushona will now get a dream fight against Pacquiao is however not that simple, according to Ushona’s promoter Nestor Tobias, of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy.

“Pacquiao has got 90 days to fight the number one challenger, but Pacquiao is a super champion and a pay per view fighter, so they need someone who’s attractive so that they can sell the fight. In that department we will lose, but according to the WBO rules we win, so we’ll have to wait and see. But I’m sure Tyson will fight for the world title soon,” he said.

Speaking at a press conference to promote the upcoming ‘Redemption of the Rock’ boxing bonanza at Omuthiya Park on 17 May, where Ushona will defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Ebenezer Lamprey of Ghana, Tobias said that Namibia’s boxers were putting their country on the world map.

“Our boxers are putting us on the world map, with the highest ratings you can get. Tyson Ushona is number one in the world now which is a big achievement and he is only the fourth Namibian boxer to receive this ranking after Harry Simon, Hitman Moses and Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda.”

“We know Manny Pacquiao is a super champion who normally fights top ranked boxers but I’m sure sooner or later Tyson will also be on that list,” he said.

Ushona said he was delighted to be ranked number one in the world by the WBO.

I’m delighted to be ranked number one by the WBO, I’ve been working very hard and now finally it is here. I’m surrounded by a g team that’s doing it’s job, so I want to thank my team as well. I also want to thank my sparring partners – you guys are helping me a lot in terms of fitness and now it’s time to make this dream a reality,” he said.

Ushona promised his fans a great performance.

“Omuthiya is my home town, so I should put up a great show. Now it’s not only about winning but also to show the class that I am in,” he said.

Tobias also congratulated Namibian cruiserweight Vikapita Meroro and Namibian lightweight Paulus Moses, who are both ranked second on the WBO rankings, and Paulus Ambunda who is ranked fifth on the WBO bantamweight rankings.

Ambunda has since stepped up a weight to super bantamweight and will take on Cristian Palma of Chile for both the IBF and WBA International titles in this division in Omuthiya.

“For us as the promoters this is good, because he will be the first boxer to fight for two titles in Namibia. He must just go and win and we will dominate the super bantamweight division like we did in the bantamweight division,” he said.

Besides Ambunda’s fight against Palma, the Omuthiya bonanza will see two African WBO title fights with Ushona up against Lamptey and Meroro defending his WBO Africa cruiserweight title against Alphonce Mchumistumbo of Tanzania.

There will also be a national title fight with Namibian welterweight champion Anthony Jarman putting his title on the line against Tommy Hango.

Besides that there will be a further six fights on the undercard.

Tobias called on boxing fans to book tickets early for the fight, to avoid disappointment.

“At our previous fight in Outapi, the place was packed and about 1 000 fans had to be turned away, so we encourage you to buy your tickets early,” he said.

The entrance fee is N$500 for VIP tickets and N$50 for general tickets, which can be obtained through Computicket at Shoprite and Checkers.

Source : The Namibian