Ambunda grabs world title
The heavens have generously opened at long last for professional boxer Paulus Ambunda, as he grabbed the vacant IBO Super Bantamweight Title with a split decision over Muhamad Ridhwan.
Through a remarkable and not so obvious show-down, Ambunda brought down the lights at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore this past week.
This will be Ridhwan’s very first defeat of his professional career and ahead of the fight, Ambunda was boasting with 26 wins and just two losses.
Ridhwan had even gone as far as calling Ambunda his stepping stone, but Ambunda jabbed back boasting that he had stopped and destroyed undefeated fighters before, and that Ridhwan may be the next one.
And true to his words, the Namibian champion took his stand on foreign turf and archived his name deeper in the history of champions.
The renowned local pugilist gave out his best in the very first rounds before his rival took his footing and came out hard against him in the fourth round.
He maintained his momentum right to the end with the last round coming out with a majestic show of boxing as Ridhwan fought back to gain in on slipping home-ground glory.
At last two judges scored in favour of the local boxing wonder-boy leaving Ridhwan in sixes and sevens.
Ambunda has so far displayed tremendous performances and is celebrated for having won the silver medal in the same division at the All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria.
At the 2004 Olympics he was stopped in the quarter finals of the Flyweight (51 kg) division by Germany’s eventual bronze medal winner Rustamhodza Rahimov.