21 November 2012

Namibia: WBO Ranks Namibia's Elite Boxers Highly

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Namibian Boxer Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona [right] fighting (file photo).

NAMIBIAN boxers feature prominently in the latest World Boxing Organisation rankings that were released last week, with eight Namibian boxers ranked among the top 15 in their weight classes.

Namibia's WBO International bantamweight champion Paulus Ambunda is ranked at number one in the bantamweight category, and is now the number one challenger for the WBO title, which was won by Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand in October.

Ambunda, who is still undefeated after 19 pro fights, is now the mandatory challenger for Singyu's title and will meet him in a world title fight before the end of January 2013.

Immanuel Naidjala's ranking has also improved in the bantamweight category following his fourth-round knockout of Shabani Kilumbelumbe of Tanzania on November 3. Naidjala, who is the WBO African bantamweight champion and is unbeaten after 16 pro fights, is now ranked fifth by the WBO – three places up from last month.

Namibia's WBO Africa welterweight champion Tyson Ushona remains second on the WBO international rankings. Ushona, who has a record of 27 wins, two losses and one no result, is ranked behind the legendary Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and the WBO welterweight champion, Timothy Bradley of the United States.

Namibia's WBO Africa Interim champion, Sackey Shikukutu, is ranked 15th in the welterweight category by the WBO.

Namibia's former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus Moses is ranked fourth in the world by the WBO. Moses, who won the WBO International lightweight title after beating Cassius Baloyi of South Africa in July, is ranked 10th in the world by the WBA. He is the only Namibian boxer to be ranked among the world's top ten by more than one organisation.

Wilberforce Shihepo, who is the WBO Africa super-middleweight champion, is ranked 10th in the world by the WBO, while Vikapita Meroro is ranked 14th in the light heavyweight category.

Namibia's WBO Africa flyweight champion Abmerk Shindjuu is ranked ninth in the world by the WBO.

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