Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda who lost the WBO Bantamweight title to Tomoki Kameda in the Philippines recently, is likely to go for a rematch with the Japanese boxer.
According to the contract signed prior to the match, there is a clause that could allow Ambunda a shot at regaining his title.
When this match will take place remains uncertain, as these are details the two boxer’s camps will have to hold discussions over before it can be sanctioned, explained Nestor Tobias, Ambunda’s manager.
Tobias further stated that he hoped to know more information regarding this rematch within a month’s time.
Currently there is a nine month defence period that Kameda is granted by the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) before it becomes mandatory to accept challengers to his title, given that Ambunda’s defeat was a voluntary title defence. Tobias would prefer to have the rematch take place in Namibia but he conceded that it may not be possible.
“MTC Sunshine Academy cannot compete with Kameda Promotions when it comes to finances because they are financially better equipped and in boxing the camp with the funds calls the shots in terms of where the fight must take place because they pay for everything,” said Tobias. He noted that while in the Philippines, they had fruitful discussions with in terms of how the MTC Sunshine boxers can collaborate with Kameda Promotions in fights in the future and that discussions will be ongoing to the benefit of both camps.
Despite the probability of fighting away from home again, Ambunda was not deterred. He said that should they fail to bring Kameda to Namibia, he was prepared to fight anywhere in the world, at any time. He further explained that although it is good to fight at home, it does not guarantee you victory.
“I am in good shape, I have not been discouraged by the defeat. In fact, it was a wakeup call for me to even be better because I believe I was the better and stronger fighter on the night,” said Ambunda.