Paulus Ambunda gave a brilliant performance to become the new WBO bantamweight world champion on Saturday night when he beat Pungluang Sor Singyu on a unanimous points decision.
After a tremendous fight that swayed to and fro, the three judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 to Ambunda as he dethroned Pungluang to become Namibia’s third world champion.
A determined Ambunda took the fight to Pungluang from the start, and by the second round already landed some big hooks.
Pungluang though fought back strongly with an effective jab, but in the fifth round Ambunda once again had the crowd wild with delight as he landed somwe big uppercuts that had Pungluang in trouble.
Pungluang came back strongly with his sharp jab and relentless attacks, but Ambunda continued to land some hooks and combinations.
Ambunda went all out in the 11th round, shaking Pungluang with a sharp hook but the Thai fighter managed to see out the round.
In the final round it was Pungluang’s turn again as he nearly knocked Ambunda down but he managed to see out the round to become the new world champion.
It was a great performance by Ambunda who was in superb shape and gave it all he got. It was a close fight but Ambunda’s greater determination and desire carried it through in tyhe end.
In the main supporting bout Paulus Moses retained his WBO International Lightweight title after beating Mzonke Fana with a fourth round TKO.
He put the South African down with a sharp left hook and although he managed to beat the count, he soon went down again under a barrage of punches. The referee called an end to the fight while Fana’s corner also threw in the towel.
Vikapita Meroro won the vacant WBO African Cruiserweight title when he beat Namsa Wandera of Uganda on a third round TKO. He stunned Wandera with a hard hook, and was all over him before the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Tyson Ushona retained his WBO Africa Welterweight title when he Emmanuel Clottey of Ghana on a unanimous points decision. Ushona dominated from the start to win 120-108 on all three judges scorecards.
The results of other fights were as follows:
Simon Johannes beat Efraim Magongo on points, 40-36, 40-36, 40-36
Abraham Ndaendapo beat Tembanie Hobonjanie on points 58-56, 60-54, 60-55
Jafet Utoni beat Haingura Celestinus on points 39-37, 40-36, 40-37