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Paulus Moses retained his WBO International Lightweight title after beating Leonardo Gonzalez of Argentina on a 7th round TKO.

Moses put Gonzalez down with a right hook and although the tough Argentinian immediately got up, Moses was all over him before the referee stepped in to stop the fight, 1 minute 37 seconds into the 7th round.

Moses got a good workout from Gonzales, who was brave but not in the same class.

Moses raked up the points with his sharp jab and quick combinations but his defence was not great, with Gonzalez also regularly finding the target.

In the fifth round Gonzalez pummeled away at Moses on the ropes but Moses got out and finished the round stronger.

Moses controlled round six, landing some quick combinations and moving slickly, before the end came in the seventh round.

In the main supporting bout Tyson Ushona retained his WBO Africa welterweight title with a unanimous points decision over 12 rounds against Kaizer Mabuza of South Africa.

Mabuza gave Ushona a tough workout but in the end all three judges scored the fight 118-109 to Ushona.

Ushona was the busier fighter while he also sent Mabuza to the canvas with a sharp hook in the tenth round.

Pascal Ndomba of Tanzania was no match for Vikapita Meroro who retained his WBO Africa cruiserweight title after a second round TKO.

Meroro held a 6kg advantage and a big reach advantage and after a slow start, landed some big body shots by the second round. Ndomba clearly had had enough and did not come out for the third round.

The results of other fights were as follows:

Martin Haikali beat Nkosinathi Ntshangase (SA) on points over 8 rounds (76-76, 78-75, 78-75).

Peter Malakia beat Matheus Shimbi on points over 6 rounds (58-54, 59-53, 59-53).

Jafet Utoni beat Neaman Angula on points over 4 rounds (40-36, 40-36, 40-36).

Onesmus Nekundi bear Abner Mwafangejo on points over 4 rounds (39-37, 39-37, 38-38).

Mike Shonena beat Kapena Hamunyela on points over 4 rounds (40-34, 40-34, 40-34).

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.


ACCOLADES for Namibia’s successful hosting of Saturday night’s world title fight continue to stream in, with Namibia now a contender to host the World Boxing Organisation’s annual convention in October.

WBO’s Africa vice president Andrew Smale, said that the WBO delegation, led by its vice president John Duggan, was very impressed with what they saw.
“John Duggan has been speaking volumes about the organisation, hospitality and the standard of the fights and not many people expected what they saw, it was world class. He was so impressed that he told me he would strongly recommend that the next WBO convention in October be held in Namibia,” Smale said at a post-fight media briefing.
Smale congratulated Namibia’s new world champion, Paulus Ambunda, saying he was a worthy champion.
“A very hearty congratulations to Paulus Ambunda. You are standing at the top of the ladder now but always remember where you came from and who helped you get there. I always saw the potential in you and you are a great advert for the WBO Africa because you are our first boxer to become a world champion,” he said.
“Thanks to MTC and the Namibian government. In all my travels through Africa I have never seen a sporting code so well supported,” he added.
Pungluang’s coach Romeo Desabille also congratulated Ambunda on his victory.
“Congratulations to the Namibian people and the new world champion Paulus Ambunda. Unfortunately Pungluang lost but I am thankful for the hospitality that we received here. I don’t know what will be next for me, I will go back to the Philippines to continue training my boxers,” he said.
Namibian promoter Nestor Tobias said he knew that Ambunda could win the title.
“The Rock surprised everyone and the world’s media did not give him a chance, they thought it would be a walkover, but I knew Paulus Ambunda could beat any bantamweight fighter in the world,” he said.
Tobias said it was very difficult to stage the fight and he received a lot of criticism, but he was convinced that he could pull it off.
“I went through tough times to get the fight here and you must have balls to do this. We gave the Thai camp an offer they could not refuse and convinced them to come and fight here in Namibia. I didn’t have a cent in my bank account when I made the offer. I gambled my life on this fight and there were a lot of negative comments, saying it would not take place, but I had confidence in Namibia’s people and business community,” Tobias said.
Meanwhile, Paulus Moses and Tyson Ushona could both be in line for world title fights before the end of the year following their impressive performances on Saturday. Moses beat South Africa’s Mzonke Fana on a fourth-round technical knockout to retain his WBO International Lightweight title, while Ushona beat Ghana’s Emmanuel Klottey on a unanimous points decision to retain the WBO Africa welterweight title.
According to Smale, both fighters could get world title shots before the end of the year.
“I am very excited about where Paulus Moses is going. He beat a fighter with a very good pedigree and will go up to at least number two in the world on the new WBO rankings. Ushona is rated in the top four and will move up and he is also in the reckoning for a world title fight. Namibia could even have one or two more world title fights before the end of the year,” he said.