Paulus Moses, Paulus Ambunda Prevail In Namibia

By Jake Donovan

Flying a bit off the radar amid a loaded Saturday of boxing around the world, former champs Paulus Moses and Paulus Ambunda picked up key wins at home in Namibia.

Moses extended his win streak to seven straight following what for the moment is being regarded as a 4th round stoppage of Jorge Luis Rodriguez (17-10-1, 2KOs). 

The official verdict will most likely become a technical decision for the former lightweight titlist, as the bout was stopped due to an accidental headbutt. Moses was well ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage, advancing to 35-2 (23KOs).

Moses previously reigned as a 135 lb. titlist, his run coming to a violent end when Miguel Acosta dealt him his first loss, a 6th round stoppage at home in Namibia in May '10. He has since won 10 of his past 11 starts, the lone loss coming in a failed title bid versus then 135 lb. claimant Ricky Burns on the road in Scotland in March '12.

Ambunda's night was far more dramatic, going 12 hard rounds with South Africa's Tshifhiwa Munyai in earning a split decision. Scores were 113-112 for Munyai (24-4-1, 12KOs), and 116-113 and 117-112 in favor of Ambunda, a former bantamweight titlist. 

The win was the second straight for Ambunda (21-1, 10KOs), whose lone loss came on the wrong side of history. A 12-round defeat to Tomoki Kameda last August ended his bantamweight title reign, and thus allowing the Kameda brothers to enter the record books as the first time ever three brothers reigned as champions at some point in their boxing careers. The trio went on to add to that entry one month later, when Daiki Kameda picked up a 115 lb. belt, joining Tomoki and Koki as active titlists, a feat that will likely never again be duplicated. 

There remains a sliver of hope for the 34-year old Ambunda to duplicate past career success. A hard-fought win over a former title challenger can be either the test he needed to prove he can dig deep to prevail, or the type of fight that has actually sapped what's left of his career.

Munyai suffers his second consecutive loss, though offering a much better showing than his last appearance. The 29-year old was drilled inside of two rounds by Scott Quigg in his lone crack at a major title this past April. 

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as the official records keeper for Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a voting member of Boxing Writers Association of America.  Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Caleb Truax Very Motivated For Peter Quillin Crossroads Bout Michael Dutchover Aims To Clinch a Big Birthday Win Wilder: If Fury Can't Be Beat, Why The F*** Did He Hire Roach? Photos: Jaron Ennis, Raymond Serrano - Ready For ShoBox Clash Photos: Claressa Shields, Hannah Rankin - Size Up at Presser Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Face To Face, Final Presser Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Face To Face, Final Presser Vikas Krishan, Top Rank Promotional Pact Made Official Photos: Jarrell Miller, Bogdan Dinu - Face To Face at Final Presser Mayweather Says Nasukawa Fight is Back, Terms Being Finalized Photos: Kavaliauskas vs. Roberto Arriaza - Set For Eliminator Photos: Maurice Hooker, Alex Saucedo - Ready For War Photos: Luis Ortiz Putting in Work For Travis Kauffman Fight Photos: Jarrett Hurd Grinding Hard For Jason Welborn Bout Euro News: Tyron Zeuge, Mikhalkin vs. Boesel, More Hooker: An Old Midget Hurt Saucedo; Being Tough Won't Be Enough Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury To Be Carried in Movie Theaters Joe Joyce Welcomes Ordered Clash With Hughie Fury Fury: At Some Point, I'll Have To Stand and Fight With Wilder Photos: Roman Gonzalez Putting in Work For Guevara Clash Fury: Joyce Sparring Had Nothing To Do With Training Camp Move Canelo vs. Rocky Fielding - Undercard Details Revealed Michael Conlan vs. Jason Cunningham on Warrington-Frampton Anthony Yarde is Pumped To Land Spot on Wilder-Fury Card Daniel Dubois, Bradley Skeete, Bowen Back on December 15 Wilder Co-Trainer: Fury Like Rubik's Cube, But He Can Be Solved Haye: Usyk Can't Get Hit Like That By Joshua; He Has Work To Do Porter: Errol Spence is Getting More Yards - And I Don't Like It! Photos: Hooker, Saucedo - Go To War in Sparring in 2012 Tyson Fury on The Therapeutic Value of Training Warrington: Something Tells Me Frampton is Not The Same Guy Horn Realizes That He Must Be Dominate Mundine To Impress Mikey Garcia Ready: I Have Everything To Beat Errol Spence! Hearn: Jarrell Miller vs. Whyte or Chisora Possible in Early 2019 Felix Verdejo's Next Bout Eyed For United States in Early 2019 The Other Half of Junior Welterweight Fury: If I Fought Wilder In Manchester, We'd Sell 75,000 Tickets Photos: Claressa Shields, Nico Hernandez - Open Workouts Photos: Gabe Rosado, Luis Arias - Shows Off Moves at Workouts Photos: Brandon Rios, Ramon Alvarez - Grind at Workouts

Latest Active Forum Threads