31 Jul 2013 04:20
WINDHOEK, 31 JUL (NAMPA) Namibian pugilist Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda says he is ready to beat challenger Tomoki Kameda of Japan, and later go after his two brothers, who also dominate the Japanese boxing arena.
Ambunda will defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight belt for the first time against Kameda in Cebu City in The Philippines on Thursday.
According to a report obtained from Phillipine website, philboxing, the two boxers met on Tuesday in what was described as one of the most animated media conferences seen in the fighting capital of the Philippines, Cebu City, and Namibia's defending champion called himself the 'Lion of Africa', and promised to ruin the Kameda familys boxing history.
The 22-year-old Kameda hails from a boxing family of champions - younger brother Koki Kameda is the current World Boxing Association (WBA) bantamweight champion, while Daiki Kameda is a former WBA flyweight champion.
I beat Sor Singyu like a baby, he said, and when asked what made him better than Pungluang, Ambunda replied that he has got everything.
Ambunda, 32, a member of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), became a champion when he successfully challenged and beat Thailand's defending champion Pungluang Sor Singyu on points in a 12-round bout here on 02 March this year.
On his part, the Japanese challenger never wanted anything to do with Ambunda's pronouncements, saying he wants to make history by three brothers winning world titles, and being the first Japanese to win a WBO championship.
Kameda also requested not to answer any more questions because he only wants to concentrate on the fight, calling all the pre-fight hype a waste of time.
Ambunda, however, continued beating his chest as an indication of his readiness to defend his title.
I have been a boxer for 15 years, I have prepared enough, he said, before describing his upcoming challenger as just a stepping stone.
Meanwhile, Kameda's brother Koki also reacted, saying it will be impossible for Ambunda to beat his younger brother, adding that Tomoki will beat him 100 per cent.
One of Ambundas trainers, Paulus Immanuel, told the media before the briefing that they will have no problem making the weight, and that his boxer is a total professional.
He became the third Namibian boxer to win a world title after Harry 'Onkugo' Simon and Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses.
Ambunda has a record of 20 undefeated fights, 10 won by way of knockouts. He turned professional in 2007 when he defeated countryman Johannes Gabriel on points during his pro-debut fight at the coastal town of Swakopmund.
The 22-year-old Kameda also has an undefeated professional boxing record of 27 fights, 18 won by way of knockouts.
Kameda turned professional in 2008 when he recorded his first second-round knock-out victory during his pro-debut fight against Alejandro Moreno in Mexico.
Also at the occasion, the boxers signed the fight contracts, picked gloves, had the fight rules explained as well as met the match officials.
The pugilists will have the official weigh-in on Wednesday morning at the Waterfront Hotel.
Featured on the undercard is Marlon Tapales, who will face Fredirex Rodriguez for the WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title.