N.dollars 6 million needed to host Ambunda’s fight in May

16 Mar 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) - The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy is calling on the corporate world to help raise N.dollars 6 million for Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda’s fight in May.
Ambunda, Namibia’s International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight World champion, will step into the ring in a title unification match against Moises Flores from Mexico.
The fight takes place under the theme ‘Celebrating your Own’ on 07 May 2016 at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.
Ambunda, 35, has a record of 25 fights, 24 wins and 1 loss.
Flores, 29, holds a record of 25 fights and 25 wins, and is the current Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Bantamweight World champion.
Speaking at a media conference held in the capital on Tuesday during the announcement of the fight, MTC Ltd Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said hosting the title unification fight will cost N.dollars 6 million.
“All contracts have already been signed and we are just waiting for the boxers to step into the ring come May. The Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy has already exhausted its budget it gets from MTC.
“As a country, we should be proud to host this fight because Ambunda’s opponent would have fought in March elsewhere, but we gave him a better offer to choose Namibia as his next destination to come fight, therefore I am calling on the corporate world and Government to come on board and help us raise funds,” he said.
MTC gave the Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy N.dollars 10.37 million in September last year as affirmation of its commitment towards the development of Namibian boxing.
The sponsorship will run for the next three years, meaning the academy will receive around N.dollars 3,325 million per year.
MultiChoice Namibia became the first company to pledge N.dollars 200 000 towards the hosting of the fight.
Ekandjo added that the fight will be broadcast in Mexico, United States of America and the rest of Africa through SuperSports on DSTV, and this would be a perfect opportunity for corporate companies to buy air space for advertising.