Brave Ambunda bows to Fulton in the US

Namibia's Paulus Ambunda has become the latest Namibian boxer to lose a fight on American soil after failing to retain the world title.

13 May 2019 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



Namibia's Paulus 'El Jesus' Ambunda lost the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super bantamweight title to America's Stephan Fulton on Saturday.

The 24-year-old junior featherweight Stephen Fulton (16-0, 7 KO), 120 ½, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, took a serious step towards contention, scoring a knockdown and going 12 rounds for the first time in a shutout unanimous decision over 38-year-old former WBO bantamweight titlist Paulus Ambunda (27-2, 11 KO), 122, of Namibia.

Ambunda was knocked down in the eighth round but managed to beat the referee's count.

The American showed more desire to win the fight as he kept Ambunda on the back foot with a combination of heavy punches.

Fulton never threatened to stop him again but maintained the advantage through the later rounds and cruised to three matching cards of 120-107.

With the win Fulton picked up Ambunda's IBO belt at 122 lbs. The referee was Michelle Meyers.

The 38-year old Ambunda, who beat Muhamad Ridhwan of Singapore in September 2018 to claim the title, now has a record of 30 fights, 27 wins of which 11 came by way of knockout, and three defeats. Fulton now has a clean record of seven knockouts out of 16 fights.

After the fight, Fulton's camp praised Ambunda for having gone past to the 12 rounds after being on the receiving end of heavy blows from his opponent.

In another fight, 27-year-old Aaron Anderson (5-0, 4 KO), 154 ¼, of Baltimore, Maryland, stayed undefeated and added another knockout to his early ledger with a blazing first-round stoppage of 38-year old Carlos Galindo (1-10), 152 ¼, of Lima, Peru.

In the non-televised opener, 30-year-old journeyman Kevin Womack Jr. (9-17-4, 7 KO), 155 ¼, of Baltimore, Maryland, scored a vicious second-round knockout of 32-year-old Mark Duncan (3-2, 3 KO), 156 ½, of Clarksburg, Maryland.

It was Womack's second straight loss. Womack halted a three-fight losing streak.

 -Additional information by Boxscene

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