23 September 2013

Namibia: Seven Namibians On WBO Rankings

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

SEVEN Namibian boxers are ranked among the top in the world by the World Boxing Organisation, according to rakings for September which were released recently.

Betuel 'Tyson' Ushona, who will defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa on October 5, is ranked fourth in the welterweight category by the WBO.

Timothy Bradley of the United States is the current WBO champion, while Keith Thurman of the United States is ranked number one; Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines number two; and Brandon Rios of the United States number three.

Paulus 'Hitman' Moses is ranked fifth by the WBO in the lightweight category, where Ricky Burns, who beat him last year, is still the champion.

Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda relinquished his WBO bantamweight title to Tomoki Kameda on September 1 and moves down to fifth on the WBO rankings. Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand, whom Ambunda beat on March 2 to win he WBO title, has meanwhile won the WBO International Bantamweight title and moves up to number two on the WBO rankings. Immanuel Naidjala who is the WBO Africa bantamweight champion, moves up to sixth, one place behind Ambunda, on the WBO bantamweight rankings.

Vikapita 'Beastmaster' Meroro, who will defend his WBO Africa Cruiserweight title against Pascal Ndomba of Tanzania on October 5, is ranked 10th by the WBO in the Junior Heavyweight category.

Julius Indongo, the current WBO Africa Junior Welterweight champion, is ranked 10th in the world by the WBO, while Sackey Shikukutu, the WBO Africa International champion, is ranked 12th in the world by the WBO.

Wilbeforce Shihepo, who was previously ranked eighth in the Super Middleweight category, dropped out of the top 15 after his controversial points defeat to Arthur Abraham on August 24. Abraham is now ranked number one by the WBO and the top contender for Robert Stieglitz' title.

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