By Carlos Kambaekwa –

WINDHOEK – Former Namibian Lightweight world champion, Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Lightweight title against the formidable Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez from Argentina over 12-rounds at the Ramatex Hall on the outskirts of Windhoek, tomorrow evening.

Both boxers boast impressive resumes and the fact that they are in their prime suggests the pair possess the capacity to send each other to the canvass easily with only one decent delivery should the chance avail itself. Nevertheless, Hitman is expected to retain his belt with ease and is likely to make full use of home ground advantage.

Very few boxers in the lightweight division can stand up to the former Namibian world champion when he lands punches with the same accuracy and tenacity that saw him wrestle the world tile away from Yusuke Kobori, as can be attested by 20 of his 33 victims who failed to go the full distance. Local boxing fans could not have asked for a better occasion to put behind them the lukewarm, if not disappointing, performance by Harry Simon during his controversial win over Serbian opponent Geard Ajetovic in last weekend’s confrontation that has left tongues wagging, although that may not be easy. It is very likely that that fight will make out a great topic for discussion on social occasions for many years to come.

There is no doubt that locally bred pugilists are up there with the very best in the business, and professional boxing in Namibia is certainly on the right track, as borne out by the huge financial resources committed to the sport, courtesy of generous sponsorships by companies such as MTC, Telecom and Nampower, complemented by an astronomical increase in ticket revenues. Moreover, now that the language of professional boxing on the African continent is increasingly assuming a Namibian nuance, we will increasingly be hearing the expression ‘denga komutwe’ when local boxers go through their paces in the boxing ring.

In fact, local boxing pundits believe it is extremely difficult to find any fighter willing to risk trading punches with WBO Africa Welterweight champion Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona, but Kaizer Mabuza, is having none of that. The veteran South African challenger will go toe-to-toe with the hard punching ‘Tyson’ in the main under-card over 12-rounds. Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro also returns to the ring to defend his WBO Cruiserweight belt against Pascal Ndomba from Tanzania, while Martin Haikali also makes a welcome return after a long layoff in a non-title 8-rounder against Nkosinathi Ntshangase in the lightweight division to conclude the lineup for one of three mouth-watering under-card bouts on the menu.



Hit man Back

By Ron Jackson –

Paulus “Hitman” Moses makes the second defence of his WBO International lightweight title when he meets Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez at the Ramatex Hall in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Gonzalez from Concepción del Uruguay, Entre Rios in Argentina has a respectable record of 24-4-1; 14 since joining the professional ranks in September 2006 and only one of his four losses have been inside the distance. He is at present on a three bout winning streak. Moses, 35, a former WBA regular lightweight champion has been in with some quality fighters in the division and his two losses have been in world title fights against Miguel Costa (ko 6), when he lost his WBA belt and Ricky Burns (pts 12) of Scotland when challenging for the WBO lightweight belt. Moses with a record of 31-2, 20 KOs has fought at a higher level than his challenger and should have the edge in a fight that could go the distance.

Promoter Nestor Tobias of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy is confident that his fighter Moses, who in his most recent fight stopped former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana in four rounds, can go on to once again challenge for a world title.

On the same card Betuel Tyson Ushona 30-2-1; 8 defends his WBO Africa welterweight title against former IBO light welterweight champion Kaizer Mabuza 25-9-3; 15 from South Africa and in a clash for the WBO Africa cruiserweight title Vikapita Meroro 23-4; 11 the interim champion meets Pascal Ndomba 13-5-2; 11 from Tanzania.