Ambunda and Co to host first boxing tourney

By Michael Uugwanga

POWER-Power Development and Boxing Academy in partnership with Desert (Ombuga) Lager will host its first boxing development tournament on 2 November at the UN Plaza in Katutura, Windhoek.

One of the co-owner of the boxing academy is three-time world boxing champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda, a two-time International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Super-Bantamweight champion in 2015 and 2018.

He is also a former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Bantamweight  world champion (2013).

“All the Khomas boxing teams are requested to bring one senior boxer per weight category, except After School Center Boxing Club and Mistake Gariseb Boxing Club, as the two boxing clubs are only requested to provide five junior boxers and one senior boxer per weight category.

“All boxers are requested to bring their plates as we are going to provide dinner to all participants and all the officials. The boxing event is strictly for amateur boxers in both the junior and senior categories as it is for development purposes and is also sanctioned by the Khomas Boxing Federation,” Risto ‘Pac-man’ Ashikoto, co-owner of the boxing academy told Confidente Sport Desk.

Power-Power Development and Boxing Academy was established in 2016 by Ashikoto before he approached Ambunda to become a co-owner.

Ashikoto said he established the boxing academy because he felt that little was being done to promote the sport at grassroots level and to identify the next world champions.

“This will also be our first tournament.Boxing is no more like the way it used to be in the past. I just feel that little is being done in boxing as we do not see a lot being done in promoting boxing in all parts of the country.

“Next year we are planning to take the tournament to the Zambezi region because there is no boxing taking place. Boxing is currently just taking place in Windhoek, the northern parts and at times in Erongo region, while at places like Keetmanshoop and Luderitz there is no boxing there. With Ambunda on board this will motivate youngsters to emulate former world champions,” said Ashikoto.

Ashikoto also revealed that they intend to honour boxing gurus, such as former WBO middleweight world champion Harry Simon and Nestor ‘Sunshine’ Tobias with trophies of recognition.

The boxing tournament will be held under the theme ‘There is No Food for the Lazy Man’.

“We are expecting to see all the Khomas clubs in the tournament and we are going to give trophy awards to most of the people who have been an inspiration to the young ones, the likes of Harry Simon, Nestor Tobias and Michael Shange, the coach at After School Center in Grysblock (Windhoek).

The boxing tournament is sponsored by Hartlief, Metro and Seaworks Fish Processors.

“We are calling the whole Khomas to come support the boys. People need to start supporting these boys from the beginning of their career, not only to support them when they are shining already, we are also going to promote our own local beer at this event,” Ashikoto said.