Namibia’s International Boxing Organization (IBO) Super Bantamweight World Champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda successfully defended his title with a unanimous points decision over a hapless Jason ‘Nugget’ Cooper at the gigantic Ramatex Complex in Windhoek on Saturday evening.
The Namibian took complete charge of proceedings and had his Aussie opponent in all sorts of trouble. The champion was in a mean and relentless mood right from the opening bell, showing good hands and amazing speed.
Although the crazy fashion in which the boxing judges scored bouts raised its ugly head again, with one judge having Ambunda 12 points in front while the other two recording marginal figures (120 – 108), (115 – 113) and (113 – 111) – the naked truth is that Ambunda won the contest hands down.
The score was surely not a true reflection of the blood, sweat and tears encounter where the more experienced Namibian was clearly in serious mode, driving his taller opponent on the back foot for the better part of the 12-rounder.
Fair enough, Cooper threw twice as many punches that went astray and kissed the air than expected, but statistics doubtlessly show that the wide awake Namibian actually landed his deliveries to make them count.
In the end, Ambunda came out unscathed to retain his belt on a well-deserved unanimous points decision.
In the main under card bout, Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naidjala put up another excellent display of enormous skill as the cat-footed Namibian outsmarted his more streetwise Tanzanian opponent Nasibu Ramadhani pound for pound over 12 rounds in their World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight vacant title bout.
It was a see-saw affair in the opening rounds as both boxers applied much caution, feeling each other out.
The flatfooted Tanzanian showed strength and had his opponent on the back foot as he sought to nail the Namibian with a strong uppercut, which Naidjala kindly reciprocated in the form of a vicious right hook.
However, the Namibian came to life in the fourth round and started taking control and dictating the pace of the fight with a combination of well-struck punches.
Naidjala sent his opponent to the canvas with a dangerous left hook in the 10th round but the thick-skulled Tanzanian managed to beat the count – surviving the embarrassment to live another day in the ring.
Naidjala grew in confidence and finished the stronger of the two in the latter stages but Ramadhani had other ideas, plucking the Namibian against the ropes courtesy of an excellent combination of uppercuts in the final round.
All three judges gifted the slippery smart Namibian the nod with scores of 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109 for a unanimous decision.
As widely expected, Sacky ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu showed incredible bravery against his more experienced opponent Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, in an all-Namibian affair to dethrone the IBO Africa Welterweight Champion.
Izinyoka dominated the fight from the onset and had his opponent in all sorts of trouble even sending Ushona to slumber land – though it did not count, as the punch was deemed illegal by the referee.
After a long pause with the judges scrambling for their notes Shikukutu was eventually declared the deserved winner on a split decision.