Ushona welcomes new recruits

30 Aug 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) - World Boxing Federation (WBF) Welterweight world title holder Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona has welcomed the addition of new boxers to Salute Boxing Academy.
Speaking here on Tuesday during a media conference held to announce the recruitment of the three new boxers, Ushona said having other champions in his stable will motivate him to work hard.
The new recruits are former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world champion, Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda; WBO Super middleweight champion Wilbeforce Shihepo and former WBO Africa light heavyweight champion Vikapita Meroro.
They previously fought under the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.
Ushona said the boxers’ happiness is important and boxing fans should not judge them for moving stables.
“Sometimes when athletes make a decision we start judging them, not knowing why they did what they did… I am happy that my brothers are joining me because at Salute Boxing Academy transparency is key in whatever we do,” he said.
He added that he has worked with all three boxers before and with their reunion, they will work hard to improve local boxing.
Speaking at the same event, Meroro, who quit boxing earlier this year, said he decided to make a return to the ring as he still has a lot to offer to the sport.
He walked out of the ring during a fight against South Africa’s Kevin Lerena in February. Meanwhile, Shihepo said he has started training under Salute and already feels at home.
“In the past I did not prepare well for my fights, that’s why you saw me losing in Russia and against Callum Johnson in England last year, but I will be back to my best soon,” he said.