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SuperSport Select (Channel 233)

Published: 03.12.2015

SuperSport Select (Channel 233)
Paulus Ambunda, one of Namibia’s most celebrated boxers, will make the first defence of his IBO super-bantamweight title against Australia’s Jason Cooper in Windhoek on Saturday.
In another first, SuperSport will broadcast the tournament live from Namibia in line with its commitment to developing sport across the continent (Select, ch 233, from 6.30pm and Select/SelectGO Channel 30 from 7pm).
Ambunda is a former WBO bantamweight title holder who remains strongly in the mix in the division thanks to his outstanding record – 23 wins in 24 fights – and his defeats of top boxers like Tomoki Kameda, Tshifhiwa Munyai and Pungluang Sor Singyu.
Just the third Namibian to win a world title, Ambunda faces the rugged Cooper who hails from the evocatively named Deception Bay in Queensland. Little is known about Cooper, but if he is anything like the slew of Australians who have fought in southern Africa in recent years, he will give the Namibian all the trouble he can handle.
A former cattle herder, Ambunda is the star turn on a tournament that includes a number of excellent local bouts.
In the chief undercard fight, Sacky Shikukutu will contest the IBO Africa welterweight title against countryman Bethuel Ushona, who holds wins over former world champions Isaac Hlatshwayo and Kaizer Mabuza and most recently beat former SA-based Bongo Lipembo.
The WBO International bantamweight title will be on the line when one-time world title challenger Immanuel Naidjale meets South Africa’s Toto Helebe.
Other fighters featured on Saturday include Wilbeforce Shihepo, Japhet Uutoni and Jeremiah Nakathila.