PAULUS Ambunda is the new WBC International Super Bantamweight Silver champion after beating his Tanzanian counterpart Nasibu Ramadhan at the Desert Rumble boxing bonanza inside The Dome Swakopmund on Friday night.
The fight night, arguably the biggest the coastal town of Swakopmund has ever seen, was co-hosted by Kalakoda Promotions from South Africa and the Salute Boxing Academy with plenty of dignitaries, including the Minster of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta and Police Chief Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga in attendance. Kwesé Sport aired the fight live to more than 30 countries in Africa. Ambunda started his title fight off a lot more reserved than anticipated by much of the crowd , as the local fighter kept Ramadhan at a distance for much of the first four rounds, peppering the Tanzanian with quick combinations before taking up a defensive stance again. However, Ramadhan, highly experienced after 35 bouts in paid ranks, did well to avoid any damage from Ambunda’s shots. As the fight progressed, Ambunda however started to take control of proceedings. Ramadhan tried his utmost to force a turn-around in front of a full capacity crowd, upping his work rate but failing to seriously trouble Ambunda, who dominated the final rounds. Ambunda’s dominance was reflected in the final score, as the three judges John Chaggu (Tanzania), John Shipanuka (Zambia) and Fillemon Mweya (Namibia) voted unanimously in favour of him.
“I have worked very hard for this fight. I’m ready for another title shot”, Ambunda announced after his 26th career victory.
December 29, 2017
At the Dome in Swakopmund, West Namibia
Some 350Km away from Windhoek , the capital of Namibia
for the vacant WBC International 122Lbs Silver Championship
Promoter: Steve Kalakoda, Kalakoda Promotion Team
Matchmaker: Willie Saayman
Paulus Natangwe Ambunda (26-2-0, 11 Namibia)
W UD 12
Nasibu Ramadhan Shemtendwa (Tanzania)
“Namibia consistently produce brilliant fighters; this partnership is a game changer and will provide a new platform and new opportunities for them to excel,” Kalakoda’s Jeremy Bean says.
Both fighters had complied with the official weigh-in and scaled under the 122Lbs limit
The Friday Fight Nights at the Swakopmund in Namibia last 29th December for “Desert Rumble” was headlined by a vacant WBC International Silver Title fight between Paulus Ambunda and the tough Tanzanian Nasibu Ramadhan at 122 Lbs. The event was live on Kwesé Free Sports. “The Rock is ready to rumble and we are certain that on the 29th he will claim another strap to his impressive collection,” Kriata Kamaya of Salute Promotions said at the pre-bout press conference.
TV: ESPN/Kwesé TV
Former WBC International Silver Champions in this weigh class
Rey Vargas México
Guillermo Rigondeaux Cuba
Fatiou Fassinou Benin
Hugo Fidel Cazares México
Genesis Servania Philippines
Cristian Mijares México
Vy Savud Cambodia * Interim