19 Jun 2015 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) - Former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight champion, Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda says he is ready to shine on the Night of Champions boxing event in August this year.
He was speaking here on Thursday during a media briefing by his boxing stable, the MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy.
Ambunda is currently rated third in the world by the WBO, 11th by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), 14th by the World Boxing Association (WBA), and 17th by International Boxing Organisation (IBO).
Ambunda, 34, expressed his excitement for his upcoming fight with Argentinian boxer Leandro Esperante for the vacant IBO Super Bantamweight world title on 01 August at a Windhoek venue yet to be confirmed.
I jumped so high when Nestor Tobias called me to inform me about this fight, and I have been having dreams that I am the world champion for the second time, Ambunda said.
He lost the WBO Bantamweight belt to Japanese boxer, Tomoki Kameda, in the Philippines August 2013.
Esperante, 26, is rated 15th by the WBO and 22nd by IBO. He holds a boxing record of 16 fights, 12 wins and four loses, and is the current WBO Latino champion and rated number one in his country.
Speaking at the same occasion, Sunshine Academy chairperson Nestor Tobias said the fight is a bonus for Ambunda and due to his good rankings, more boxing offers could come his way.
The coach and promoter said his academy has been giving its boxers opportunities and they have so far been producing good results.
We at the academy are excited about this announcement and we implore all Namibians to share this excitement with us by coming out in large numbers to share their support for the fight, he said.
Tobias noted that when Ambunda steps into the ring, he will represent Namibia and not just the academy and the 'eyes of the world' will once again be on Namibia that night.
It is now up to Ambunda to make history by clinching a second world title in two years and we are right behind him to give him the necessary fitness, skills and strength, he said.
On his part, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo, said boxing is one of the many successful sports in the country.
Ambunda is going to represent the whole country and I call upon everyone to rally behind him on that night, he said.
Namibias Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses will also be in action. Moses lost the vacant WBO International Lightweight title against Malcolm Klassen 20 March 2015.
More undercard fights will be announced at a later stage.