Namibia’s former world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda is unfazed by a recent hamstring injury and says he is ready to ‘’lose an arm and a leg’’ if that’s what it takes to win his second world title.
Ambunda will this coming Saturday carry the hopes of hundreds of Namibians into the ring when he challenges Argentinean opponent Leandro Esperante for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight world title.
The spacious Ramatex Hall is the chosen venue for the ‘Night of Champions’ Boxing Bonanza, where a horde of local boxing fans will get the opportunity to witness first-hand as Ambunda tries to take the vacant title, while also seeking to hand Namibia her fourth world championship title.
Undefeated veteran boxer, Harry Simon was first to bring a world title to Namibia in 1998, followed by Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses in 2009 and then Ambunda in 2013.
Speaking at a packed-out press conference in Windhoek yesterday, a calm and collected Ambunda made it crystal clear that his only mission is to win a second world title and he would do whatever it takes to ensure his corner emerges victorious come Saturday.
“I promise not to disappoint. Winning a world title fight is one of my biggest objectives at this point. I’m well prepared and ready to put up a great show. It’s going to be war. I’ll follow him [Esperante] in each and every round until he can’t take it anymore,” said Ambunda.
“I don’t want to promise a knockout, but I’m confident it will come. I would like to urge everyone to come out in numbers and witness the action.” Ambunda is currently rated 3rd in the world by the WBO, 11th by IBF, 14th by WBA and 17th by IBO.
At the other end of the table, speaking through his translator, Esperante said he is well aware of the Namibian’s vast experience and abilities in the ring, but maintained he is a determined man on a mission to capture the world title.
“He [Ambunda] has an interesting style of fighting and is a hard puncher, so I will not take him lightly. But as much as I respect him as a boxer, he must be reminded that I mean serious business and come Saturday, I will do the talking in the ring,” Esperante said briefly.
General tickets cost N$100 and VIP tickets N$500, while a table seating 10, which includes a full course meal, drinks and a prime seat closest to the ring will sell for N$20,000. Tickets are available at Computicket outlets at all Shoprite and Checkers stores countrywide. For VVIP tables, contact Vivian Kambatuku at 0814317492/0812453349 or email at email@example.com