Namibian boxing promoter Nestor Tobias has called on Namibian fans to come out in big numbers for the boxing bonanza on July 28, saying they will witness Namibian boxing at its best.
The bonanza which will be held at Ramatex, will see Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda fighting William Prado of Argentina in a WBO bantamweight world title eliminator, while Paulus “The Hitman” Moses will take on South Africa’s Cassius Baloyi in an international lightweight fight and Tyson Ushona will face another South African Isaac Hlatshwayo in an international welterweight fight.
At a press conference in Windhoek this week, Tobias said that flyweight Abmerk Shidjuu would also be in action although they still had to find an opponent for him after Joe Hilongwa turned down the offer to fight him for the WBO African flyweight title.
“Hilongwa’s camp rejected the fight saying they had other plans for him so we will still find an opponent for him. But the fight is on and the boxers are ready. The international boxers will arrive in Windhoek a week before the fight to help promote it, while we will have artists performing so people can party afterwards,” he said.
Tobias added that Ambunda will fight for a newly created international WBO bantamweight title, while the winner will become the mandatory challenger for the WBO bantamweight title.
Ambunda said he did not know much about his opponent but was ready to seize his opportunity.
“I dont know much about him but I dont have to. I’ll know him when we square up in the ring. I’ve been training hard for the fight and my aim is to become the world champion,” he said.
Ushona said his fight against Hlatshwayo would not go the distance.
“I’m training hard and my aim is to win this fight. For the first time I’d say someone will go down and I call on my fans to come out in big numbers. With your support I’ll make you proud.”
Moses vowed to beat Baloyi.
“If you look at Baloyi and Hlatshwayo’s records you will see that they both lost six times, while Tyson and I both lost twice. When they go back to South Africa they willboth have seven losses on their records,” he boldly predicted.
Shidjuu said he was disappointed that Hilongwa turned down his fight but would be ready for anyone in the ring.
“I wanted to fight Smoky to show who is the flyweight king but unfortunately he did not agree. But Im ready for anyone,” he said.
Tobias said that the tickets would cost N$50 for the grandstand, N$200 for the middle row and N$500 for the VIP section.
He added that 10 per cent of the takings would go towards the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.