Ambunda secures WBA title inside The Dome – “Danny Boy” Felesiano and “Cowboy” Nashivela celebrate emphatic wins

Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda is the new WBC Silver International Super Bantamweight champion after beating his Tanzanian counterpart Nasibu Ramadhan at the Desert Rumble boxing bonanza inside The Dome Swakopmund on Friday night.

The fight night, arguably the biggest the coastal town of Swakopmund has ever seen, was co-hosted by Kalakoda Promotions from South Africa and the Salute Boxing Academy with plenty of dignitaries, including the Minster of Environment and Tourism, Hon Pohamba Shifeta and Police Chief Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga in attendance. Kwesé Sport aired the fight live to more than 30 countries in Africa.
Ambunda started his title fight off a lot more reserved than anticipated by much of the crowed as the former IBO world champion kept the guest from east Africa at a distance for much of the first four rounds, peppering the Tanzanian with quick combinations before taking up a defensive stance again. However, Ramadhan, highly experience after 35 bouts in paid ranks, did well to avoid any damage by the Ambundas hits.
After a third of the fight passed, “The Rock” had adjusted well enough to his difficult opponent and started to control the action more and more.
Ramadhan tried his utmost to still force a turn-around in front of a full capacity crowd, upping his work rate but failing to seriously trouble Ambunda, who eventually calmly played out his advantage past the 12-round mark.
Ambundas dominance was reflected in the final score, as the three judges John Chaggu (Tanzania), John Shipanuka (Zambia) and Fillemon Mweya (Namibia) voted unanimously in favour of “The Rock” (118:109, 115:113 and 118:108).
“I have worked very hard for this fight. I’m ready for another title shot”, Ambunda announced after his 25-career victory.
In the main supporting bout, Swakopmund-local and crowd-favourite Albinis “Danny Boy” Felesiano had a short work day as his thundering left hook sent Raston Kayira from Malawi crashing to the deck after 47 seconds in the second round.
Felesiano, who had recently spent a couple of weeks of preparation with Kalakoda Promotions in Cape Town, had promised he would “bring the pain” on Friday night and surely kept his word. After an uneventful first round, “Danny Boy” was causing Kayira all sorts of problems just after the gong got the second round underway. A short exchange of blows in the non-title lightweight fight between the two fighters was eventually ended in emphatic fashion as Felesiano’s hook knocked Kayira out cold.
“I told everybody I would win this fight and I did just that. I am very happy and now I look forward to the next thing”, the winner explained. His record now stands at 18 fights with 15 wins, two losses and one draw.
An even more dominant performance came from hot Namibian junior middleweight prospect Vakufilapo “Cowboy” Nashivela. Going into the fight for the vacant WBF Afrika Title undefeated with five wins from the same amount of fights, four of which failed to go over the whole distance, the pressure was on Nashivela to deliver against South African George Mduli.
Despite his relatively tender age of 28 years, the “Cowboy” stepped up to celebrate his quickest win ever, sending Mduli to the canvas after a mere 47 seconds in the first round.

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