Japan’s Kameda dares Ambunda … grabber slated for Cebu


WINDHOEK – Following his trouncing of Thailand’s Pungluang Sor Singyu to become Namibia’s 3rd world champion, undisputed World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda will on August 4 make his first title defence when he squares off against Japanese boxer Tomoki Kameda, in the Philippines City of Cebu.

Under normal circumstances, Ambunda should only be obliged to fight a mandatory fight after nine months from the date of winning the world title but his promoter Nestor Tobias said they have accepted the challenge from the Japanese camp because Ambunda is in good shape and hungry for more success.

Tobias said both camps have agreed on a neutral venue, so that also gives Ambunda more room to successfully defend his first title fight. “We would have loved to stage his first title defence fight in Namibia but unfortunately due to lack of funds, we have to fight away from home but luckily it’s a neutral venue. We expect a very tough fight, but we are confident to retain this world title not only for now but for a very long time to come,” said Tobias.

“We have received a number of offers from across the world to fight  Ambunda and have considered them all but opted for the best quality fighter, who is Kameda,” he added.

Kameda, 22, is the current reigning WBC silver champion and rated number 4 in the world under the WBC and number 6 in the world under the WBO. He is an undefeated Japanese Mexican boxer, who is also the current WBC FECARBOX, WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation bantamweight and WBC youth world super bantamweight champion.

He hails from a rich boxing family and is a brother to Koko Kameda who is the current WBA and WBC bantamweight champion and also to Daiki Kameda who is the current WBA flyweight champion

“We however wish to ensure that Namibians watch this fight live and we are in negotiations with NBC TV to buy rights for Namibia so that our fans don’t miss this fight. We at MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy would also like to invite all Namibians to contact any travel agency to book their tickets and accompany us to the Philippines to support The Rock,” concluded Tobias.