Ambunda in the Philippines for his maiden title defence
Windhoek – World boxing champion, Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda this week jetted off to the Philippines to defend his WBO bantamweight title against Japanese challenger, Tomoki Kameda.
The Namibian steps into the ring for a voluntary defence of his belt just four months after he out-classed former champion Pungluang Sor Singyu from Thailand on March 3, 2013.
He will square off against the undefeated bantamweight fighter, Kameda in the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Cassino in Cerbu on August 1, 2013.
The Mexican-based Japanese boxer – the youngest of the three fighting Kameda siblings’ from Tokyo ‑ boasts an impressive record of 27-0, 18Kos.
The 22-year-old Kameda is seeking to emulate his older brothers by winning a major world boxing championship.
His brother Daiki holds the WBA title, while Koki is the WBA and WBC flyweight world championship.
The 32-year-old Ambunda (20-0, 10Kos) is accompanied by his trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias and his second trainer Immanuel Moses.
Ambunda defeated Sor Singyu in his first shot at the world title by decision with scorecard from the three judges reading – 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112.
While regarded as one of the greatest African boxers of his generation by many pundits and legion of supporters, Ambunda remained humble after the fight having said he was ready to face the challenges ahead.
The soft-spoken boxer who has described Sor Singyu as a “tough nut to crack” is in top shape and ready to battle against the Japanese challenger, according to his trainer Tobias.
Tobias was quoted by Supersport online as saying that Ambunda is unconcerned about taking on a member of the rough-and-ready Kameda family.
He believes Ambunda’s training has gone well and the champion is fit and well prepared.
And with the fight being held in a “neutral” city and with neutral officials in charge, Tobias feels his charge’s skills will enable him to retain his title.
Ambunda is the third Namibian to win a world boxing title, after Harry Simon, former WBO Lightweight and WBO World Middleweight champion and former WBA lightweight world champion, Paulus Moses.
Kameda Promotion is staging the fight, which is expected to be beamed live in Philippines and Japan.
It is not yet clear if the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will broadcast the fight.
The Japan Broadcasting Corporation, which holds the right to Ambunda-Kameda bout, demands R450 000 for NBC to broadcast the fight live.
Kameda and his entourage held a press conference on July 18, 2013, upon his arrival in Cebu – a city often referred as the boxing capital of the Philippines.
Philboxing online has quoted Kameda as saying he is counting on the support of the Japanese community in the Philippines as well as the hardcore fight fans in Cebu.
“I trained hard for this fight.” Kameda said, “I will give the fans a good fight, I want to showcase my skills in front of the Cebu fans. I will go for the knockout win,” the Japanese boxer was quoted as saying.