The Namibian (Windhoek)

28 February 2013

Namibia: Upbeat Contenders Create World Title Buzz

EXCITEMENT is mounting for Saturday's World Boxing Organisation bantamweight title fight between the champion, Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand, and Namibia's challenger Paulus Ambunda after the boxers met for the first time yesterday.

The two boxers were introduced to the public at a packed promo gallery in Wernhill Park, where both sounded supremely confident about Saturday's fight.

Ambunda said he had been waiting for this chance for a long time and would definitely grab it now.

"I feel good and fresh. I have trained very hard for this fight and I am in top shape. I will not make any predictions but all I can say is that if he makes a single mistake he will pay for it," he said.

Regarding the champion's impressive record of 43 wins from 44 fights, Ambunda said it did not bother him.

"Experience does not matter to me, it only means that he started his career earlier than I did. On Saturday it will be only me and him in the ring and he will feel the pain," he said.

Singyu was also confident of victory, saying he was sure he would knock Ambunda out.

"I don't know which round it will be but I am sure that the fight will not go 12 rounds," he said.

He added that he was excited to fight in Namibia.

"I am a bit stressed, but I am excited to fight in Namibia. I saw a video of Ambunda's last fight so I know his style," he added.

Promoter Nestor Tobias refused to say how much the boxers would be paid.

"We don't discuss the boxers' salaries in public but all I can say is that they are being well paid," he said.

The two boxers, as well as Namibia's other top fighters who will appear on the undercard, did light workouts and posed for photos to further promote the fight, while some lucky members of the public also won tickets to the fight.

Members of the public still have a chance to enter the Win a Car competition in which they can win a brand new Suzuki Swift, by texting the 'The Rock' to 66722. SMSes are charged at N$5,00.

The winner will be announced at the fight just before the main bout.

The doors at Ramatex will open at 16h00 while the first fight is set to start at 18h00.

There will be a total of eight fights, with the main bouts starting at stipulated times.

At 18h45, Namibia's WBO Africa cruiserweight champion Vikapita Meroro will defend his title against Namsa Wandera of Uganda over 12 rounds.

At 20h05 Tyson Ushona will defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Emmanuel Clottey of Ghana and at 21h05 Paulus Moses will defend his WBO lightweight international title against Zonke Fana of South Africa.

The world title fight is scheduled to start at 22h05.

There will also be music and entertainment before and after the fights.

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