Ambunda plots redemption

Paulus ‘El Jesus’ Ambunda has a chance to fight Zimbabwe’s Tinashe ‘Chairman’ Mwadiziwana for the World Africa Boxing Association (Waba) super bantamweight world title.

20 January 2020 | Sports

Namibia's former boxing world champion Paulus 'El Jesus' Ambunda has begun plotting his way back to greatness.

Ambunda says he is eager to make a comeback after being absent from the ring for nearly eight months.

The boxer is set to face Zimbabwean Tinashe 'Chairman' Mwadiziwana but the bout is still to be confirmed.

“I believe that 2020 has great things in store for me because I have started training again,” Ambunda said.

“I have been doing some road running and training hard on my own to keep my body in shape. All I want to do right now is to keep myself fit because I have a big fight coming up, he said.”

In his last fight in May 2019, Ambunda lost the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super bantamweight title to Stephan Fulton in the United States.

The 38-year old Ambunda, who beat Muhamad Ridhwan of Singapore in September 2018 to claim the title before losing it to Fulton, has a record of 30 fights, 27 wins of which 11 came by way of knockout, and three defeats.

“It is always disappointing when you lose such an important fight but one has to start over and get back to winning ways.

“I believe AC Boxing has been great towards me and has supported me during my absence from the ring.

“It was not the first time I lost an important fight and that is why I believe in bouncing back and getting better than I was before,” Ambunda added.

Ambunda is guided by a remarkable sense of humour and a disciplined approach to life. The talented boxer was born on a windy day at Omusimboti village east of Oshakati in August, 38 years ago.

When he was a child, boxing for Ambunda was something he only used to hear over the radio, but never had an interest in.

Ambunda started school in 1986 at Omusimboti Combined School were football was much more popular than boxing. He enjoyed playing football on the dusty fields of his home village with his young friends while they were supposed to be herding cattle.

His life took a turn for the better in 1994 when he decided to make the great trek from the north to Windhoek.

Coming to Windhoek meant that the boxer had access to television and that was how his interest in boxing grew.

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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