By John Tuerijama
NEWLY crowned International Boxing Organization (IBO) super bantamweight world champion could likely take on Singaporean- born Muhamad Ridhwan in a highly anticipated rematch. Local boxing trainer Imms Moses revealed to Confidente this week that there are a number of offers on the table, but the incumbent champion is likely to opt for the rematch, depending on the offer. “I’m extremely excited that [we achieved this victory] after a period of six months since I opened the gym. It is quite an achievement to produce a world champion.” He said producing a world champion is no child play, as they worked extremely hard and that the positive result came as a result of working with top notch boxing promoters. Moses added that the next title defense fight depends on the offer, but was quick to note that promoters must at all times be encouraged to work together. “We need to work together and grow the sport instead of the hatred going around. Back-stabbing will only tarnish the image of boxing when we hate each other,” Moses emphasised. The no-nonsense boxing trainer added that they worked very hard to achieve this victory and that he is proud to note that Namibia has one of the best boxers on the continent. His other main mission is to clean up the sport and preach unity amongst boxing promoters. IBO super bantamweight champion Ambunda in an interview with this reporter said he will take a three-week holiday before returning to the gym. “I will be resting while anticipating to step in the ring early next year – hopefully in February.” Ambunda first became a world champion in 2013 before going on to claim another world title in 2016. The IBO super bantamweight clinched that title following a split decision at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore. Ambunda’s professional record now stands at 27 wins and two losses. Asked if he plans to retire any time soon, now that he had won the IBO super bantamweight, Ambunda said that despite being 38 years old, he has no intention of retiring. He added that his title defense fight will not take place in Namibia because of the economic meltdown, but it all depends on the highest bidder. He confidently said any challenger is welcome to challenge him, as he plans on clinging to the title for little while longer. “I thank God for presenting me with the title opportunity and that include my trainers Moses and Nicky Natangwe.” Ambunda said that joining the boxing stable of Moses and Natangwe was the best decision for his career and hoped to expand on his achievement by winning more boxing titles. Moses said Ambunda’s victory was a dream come true and that he intends on moving out of the comfort zone since all that is needed is to produce more world champions and develop relationships with other boxing promoters to grow the sport. He said working with other promoters would increase the level of competition between stables and that promoting the sport at grassroots level is imperative and something dear to his heart. Moses said local boxing has grown tremendously, but warned of infighting between promoters. The 38-year-old Ambunda is a former IBO and World Boxing Organisation champion and is said to have offered the toughest test yet in Ridhwan’s burgeoning career.
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