The stage is set for what promises to be the finest boxing bonanza ever to be staged on Namibian soil.
With a significant number of thrilling undercard bouts in a bumper lineup that includes no less than three title bouts, including a global crown on the menu, local boxing enthusiasts are in for a treat never experienced before in our neck of the woods.
All roads lead to the giant Ramatex Hall on the edge of Windhoek tomorrow when Namibian International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super Bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, makes his first title defense against Australian challenger Jason ‘Nugget’ Cooper, aged 24, tomorrow night.
The Namibian boxing icon boasts a resumé of 23 wins and one defeat from 24 fights in the paid ranks, with eleven of those finishing within the distance.
His Aussie opponent is armed with an equally impressive record since turning pro – courtesy of 14 victories, 2 losses and 1 draw from 17 fights.
The fact that the motor-mouth Cooper has recorded all of his victories in his native land gives the streetwise Ambunda a slight edge, and many boxing pundits believe the Namibian will finish the job inside the distance.
“He, Ambunda, is experienced enough to make a successful title defense and I can’t see how that Australian boy can beat him.
“This is a world title defense with national pride at stake, with all eyes on Ambunda to defend his belt successfully and give Namibians an ideal Christmas present,” says local boxing critic and trainer Imms Moses.
In the main curtain-raiser, two of the country’s most skillful boxers pound for pound, Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona and overwhelming crowd favourite Sacky ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu will square off in an all-Namibian affair for the vacant IBO Africa Welterweight title in what promises to be 12 rounds of blood, sweat and tears.
In other action, World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight international champion, Imms Prince Naidjala will put his belt at stake against Tanzanian challenger Nasibu Ramadhani in a 12-rounder.
Flamboyant light heavyweight boxer Wilberforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo also returns to action this week after a self-imposed long hiatus, when he takes on Malawian opponent Alic Gogoda in a non-title eight rounder.
Another forgotten man of Namibian boxing, Jatoorora Tjingaveta, also makes a surprise return in a non-title welterweight 6-rounder (swinger) against compatriot Tommy Hango.
Other high-profile boxers that will be seen in action include Simon ‘Baluka’ Johannes, Onesmus Nekundi, Abmerk ‘Scorpion’ Shidjuu, Jeremiah Nakathila and Walter Kautondokwa,