"I have an early gift for The Rock": Cooper

02 Dec 2015 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 DEC (NAMPA) - Australian boxer Jason 'Nugget' Cooper says he has an early Christmas present for Namibia’s Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, “which he will not like”.
Cooper arrived in Namibia on Monday to challenge Ambunda for his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World super bantamweight title.
The fight is scheduled for Saturday at the Ramatex complex on the western outskirts of Windhoek.
Speaking at the face-off event on Wednesday in the capital, Cooper said he is aware of what to expect from Ambunda.
“I came prepared because facing The Rock on Saturday will not be an easy task. The Rock should know that I have an early Christmas gift for him, which he will not like.
“I came to get the title and I am ready to be crowned the IBO bantamweight champion on Saturday,” he said.
Cooper, 24, has fought 17 times, winning 14 fights, losing two and drawing one.
It will be his second fight outside Australia. His first fight outside his motherland was against Jun Qiu Xiao of China, which he lost.
Ambunda, 35, won the IBO World super bantamweight title when he beat Leandro Esperante of Argentina here in August this year.
That win made him world champion for the second time after losing his first world title to Japan's Tomoki Kameda two years ago; the Namibian’s only defeat in 24 bouts.
He was quoted at an earlier media event as saying: “Everything is under control and I promise that this time around it will be war when I step into the ring to defend my title. We are very serious in the camp and I will defend my title with all I have”.
Tickets for the fight are available at Computicket outlets at a cost of N.dollars 100 for general seats, N.dollars 500 for VIP seats and N.dollars 10 000 for a table seating 10 people.