02 Aug 2015 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 AUG (NAMPA) Paulus The Rock Ambunda became the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight World champion here on Sunday after beating Leandro Esperante of Argentina for the vacant title.
The fight was held at the former Ramatex textile factory in Windhoek.
Ambunda, who first became a World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight champion after defeating Pungluang Sor Singyu in March 2013, lost that title to Tomoki Kameda of Japan five months later.
But on Sunday morning, he was again crowned world champion in a different weight category, after a tough 12-round fight against the Argentinian boxer.
Esperante came to the fight prepared and dominated the first five rounds as he brought the crowd in attendance at Ramatex to a standstill when his left hook downed Ambunda in round two.
After being counted out twice by referee Andile Matika of South Africa, Ambunda managed to beat the counts as the round came to an end.
He later put up a great fight in the third round, but Esperante managed to keep him under control, and after 12 rounds of great boxing it was left to the judges score cards to decide the winner.
The judges scored the fight in a split decision, with two judges scoring in favour of Ambunda, while the remaining judge scored the fight in favour of Esperante.
The score read 114-133, 114-115, 115-113, with Ambunda scoring more from the two judges to be crowned the new IBO champion.
Speaking to the media after the fight, an emotional Ambunda said he promised to be a champion for the second time and he is happy as he did not disappoint the Namibian nation.
I would like to dedicate this fight to my uncle who passed away this year and I also dedicate it to my mother who has been there for me through thick and thin, he said.
Meanwhile, another Namibian boxer who fought on the night, Jeremia Nakathila, beat Paul Maxilana of South Africa with a first-round technical knockout (TKO) in their International Junior Lightweight bout.
In an International Middleweight fight between Paulinus Paulus and Kith Karimbika of Zimbabwe, Paulus knocked his opponent out in the first round as well.
Sacky Shikukutu beat Limbani Masamba of Malawi on points after six rounds of boxing in an International Welterweight fight.
Walter Kautondokwa beat Reson Hobyani of South Africa with a round three knockout in a six round International Middleweight bout, while Japhet Uutoni won on points after beating Khanyakude Mukansi, also from South Africa.
In the IBO Africa Welterweight title fight between Betuel Tyson Ushona and Bongo Lipembo of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ushona defeated his opponent on points after 12 rounds of fighting. The judges scored the fight unanimously in favour of the Namibian boxer 119-110,118-110, 119-110.
In the international lightweight bout between Paulus The Hitman Moses and Sadiki Momba of Tanzania, Moses defeated his opponent on points after eight rounds of boxing.