Clash of the titans … as The Hitman faces Raymundo Beltran
Paulus “The Hitman” Moses is set to lock horns with Ray “Sugar” Beltran for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Title on the 16th of February in Nevada, USA in what is anticipated to be a clash of the titans.
The 135-pound world title which was left by England's Terry Flanagan in October as he made his move up to fight for a junior welterweight belt, would be a make or break for the Namibian as he races to make a second try after he lost his first world title.
But stakes are high too for the Mexican Lightweight contender, Beltran, as he has dedicated the fight to his family in the pursuit of a green card and American citizenship.
The great opportunities this fight presents has dazzled the Nestor boxing house: “I am happy to confirm that MTC Sunshine Promotions and TopRank have signed a deal for this fight. Both Beltran and Moses are experienced contenders and we know this is going to be a great fight wherever it takes place in the USA”, said Nestor Tobias.
Moses ranks number two in the world while the Mexican brute ranks number one, but in spite of that, The Hitman is not intimidated and has promised nothing but sweat, blood and victory.
“I will be ready for that fight. I was born a champion and I will die a champion. Keep supporting me, I will not let you down and I will fight till I die,” said the Hitman in his address to the nation ahead of the fight.
Speaking of his rival, Moses said, “Beltran is a respectable opponent, but I will travel to the United State of America to win. I know this fight means a lot to him, but it means a lot more to me and my country, so I am not going to the US to participate but to win. I know how it feels to be a world champion, I have been there before and I am at my best when I fight away from home, especially for a world title.
“I look forward to the 16th of Feb, because Moses will become the new world champion once again. I am going to fight like this is my first and last fight, because it means everything. I know it is going to be a tough fight, but we know how we will approach the fight,” he said.
Pressed on whether this fight is a defining moment for his illustrious career, the upbeat but humble fighter said what matters the most is that a win would make Namibia happy foremost.
“The champ has no thoughts of losing, that is out of his mind,” Tobias said in an official press conference held at an upmarket hotel in the heart of the city.
He is the current WBO Africa Lightweight title champion and after he won the WBA Lightweight world title in 2009 he became Namibia’s 2nd world champion when he defeated Japan’s Yusuke Kobori in Yokohama.
He then went on to successfully defend his title twice.
In 2012, he stepped into the ring against Ricky Burns for the WBO Lightweight title which he lost on points after a close fight.
He boasts an incredible record of 43 fights, 40 wins with 25 coming by KO and only 3 losses.
Moses was recently inducted as an MTC Sports Legend at the recent MTC NSC Sports Awards.
Meanwhile the Mexican boxer is based in the USA and is promoted by Top Rank, the world’s biggest boxing stable, an experienced fighter with a record of 42 fights, 34 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.
He already had a crack at the world title twice, in 2013 he drew against Ricky Burns and lost against Terence Crawford in 2014 for the same title.
“I’m excited about this fight for many reasons. I’m fighting for myself, for eighteen years I have worked to become a world champion, I am fighting for my family, my wife, and for my children to be proud of me.”
“When you’re a champion, you are a champion forever. I am fighting for my team, the people who have been with me from the start. Its easy when you are on your way up to have fans, but my true fans have been with me at my lowest, and stayed through my highs in life. This fight means everything to me, a victory will also seal my green card. For me to be world champion, and a citizen of this country, this is my dream.”
“I respect my opponents always, but this is my destiny, and no man will get in the way of that. I’m ready to prove to everyone that I am the most dangerous lightweight in the world. I’m coming Feb 16thto take what was mine in Scotland, and when I leave Reno I am leaving as the WBO champion” said Beltran.