WINDHOEK, 21 SEP – Paulus ‘El Jesus’ Ambunda leaves on Sunday for Singapore, where he will fight against Muhamad Ridhwan for the vacant International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world super bantamweight title on 29 September.
Ambunda told Nampa on Friday all is set for the trip as preparations had progressed well.
“I am ready for the trip and the fight. I prepared well with my team and had good sparring sessions with Sakaria Lucas and Nathaniel Kakololo. My coaching team of Imms Moses and Nicky Natangwe are very experienced, so I am confident we will come back victorious,” he said.
Ambunda added that he was expecting a good fight but will not underestimate his opponent as a lot was at stake.
The Namibian boxer repeated that he was planning on winning the fight convincingly so as to avoid giving the referee an opportunity to decide how the fight ends.
Meanwhile, Moses said they prepared for all situations.
“Based on his age and experience we have added more flexibility, more defence and more technique to his game plan. We want him to keep his opponent on his toes. He is in top shape as far as fitness and conditioning are concerned,” he said.
He added that Ambunda will easily make the required weight come the weigh-in sessions.
Regarding his opponent, Moses said there is “nothing special” about Ridhwan.
“We have studied him. We know what to expect but we are not underestimating him. We will not prepare our game plan based on how Ridhwan has been fighting in the past,” he said.
Ambunda has also won the IBO international super featherweight title, as well as the IBO inter-continental super featherweight title.
He has an impressive record of 26 wins and two defeats, while the 30-year-old Ridhwan has 11 wins from 11 fights.
Ambunda is a former double world champion, having won the World Boxing Organisation bantamweight world title in 2013 and the IBO world super bantamweight title in 2015.