NAMIBIA’S Sportsman of the Year, Paulus Ambunda has expressed his pride at winning the award as well as the other accolades that have come his way.
Ambunda was crowned Namibia’s Sportsman of the Year for the second time on October 26, which came barely a day after he had won further accolades at the World Boxing Organisation’s annual convention in New York.
In New York, Ambunda won the WBO African Boxer of the Year award, also for the second time in his career, while he was also ranked as the number one challenger for the WBO bantamweight title. As such, he has been given a mandatory title shot against the world champion Pungluang Singyu of Thailand, which will take place early next year.
“These awards mean a lot to me and I’m proud of what I have achieved. My thanks go to God first and my mom who is in the north but always calls me before my fights to wish me luck,” Ambunda said.
“I am speechless about what I have achieved this year. It’s now the second time that I have won the Sportsman of the Year award and it’s also the second time that I’ve won the WBO African boxer of the year award so it means a lot and it’s a big achievement for me,” he added.
Ambunda will fight several South African opponents in Swakopmund on December 8, as part of his preparations for the world title and he said he was in good shape and ready for the challenge.
“My preparations are going well since my last fight in July when I beat William Prado. That fight was just a warm up for the world title and now at last my chance for the world title has come and I have been preparing by myself almost nine months for this,” he said.
“The world title means a lot to me and this is what I’ve always wanted to achieve since I became a boxer. Now I have received this chance and I know Ill become the world champion very soon,” he added.
Namibian boxing promoter Nestor Tobias is currently negotiating with Singyu’s camp about where to stage the world title fight, but Ambunda said he did not mind where it took place.
“I don’t mind where I fight. Thailand is his home town but I like to fight a person on his home ground so there won’t be any pressure for me. I’ll just go there and show them that I’m the best in the world,” he said.