Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) has honoured boxing giant, Paulus (The Hitman) Moses with an expensive designer diamond ring ahead of his highly anticipated world title show-down in Reno, Nevada, USA.
The event which was graced by the media and representatives of Nampower, celebrated the successful boxer’s career which spans more than a decade and half, built on discipline and hard work.
“I am happy to get this, this has never happened to me. It’s the first time. If you want to be someone in life, you must be patient. A lot of people run after money,” said the humbled boxer after receiving the insured diamond ring.
Speaking at the occasion, top-flying boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias said there was no way they could honour Paulus Moses, but could only appreciate his exploits and the many number of times he has gloriously represented Namibia on the international boxing spot-light.
“Nicknamed “The Hitman”, I can tell you that he is with no doubt Namibia’s most successful boxer of all time. He is one of the most disciplined boxers, most dedicated to the craft of boxing, and our first world champion under the academy which became our breakthrough on the international boxing scene,” he said.
Having heard Tobias on radio where he was talking boxing, it was one call to him which would change the boxer’s life forever and the boxing scenes of Namibia.
He joined the academy and pumped his body for the fights ahead, then proceeded with his debut in November 2002 where he turned pro.
It was then that he won against Aaron Vilane by TKO win at the Windhoek Country Club.
He would become national amateur champion and go on to win the Pan-African championships thus beginning his earnest rise to world recognition which would see him clinch a world title on the 3rd of January 2009.
Moses is best famous for winning major titles abroad and defending them abroad, something which has sparked confidence that he is set to be the world’s number one in Nevada this year.
He stands in the pages of history as Namibia’s second World Champion after the famed Harry Simon and on the 25th of July 2009, he successfully defended his WBA Lightweight world title against Takehiro Shimada at the Windhoek Country Club.
In 2010, he defended his WBA world title and two years later he challenged for the WBO world title against Ricky Burns.
He has held various continental and international titles including the WBA Pan African, WBA International, WBO International, WBO Inter-continental, and WBO Africa Lightweight titles.
He is considered the most decorated boxer in Namibia’s history to this day.
He would later be honored as MTC Sports Legend at the Sports Awards held last year.
MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo has described him as an “outstanding sportsman and great boxer” and that while the “Hall of Shame is crowded,” The Hitman has found fame by building his family on boxing.
“We all know that the Hall of Shame is crowded and the Hall of Fame and Appreciation is almost non-existent. What you are doing today is commendable, showing appreciation to an outstanding individual, an out-standing sportsman and a role model to many who has built a successful life through boxing.”
“Every time you put on this ring, it must remind you that you are a legend, the best of the best, a true ambassador for Namibian sports, and that as Namibia, we are proud of you,” said Ekandjo.
Moses is set to face Raymundo Beltran on the 16th next month for the vacant WBO Lightweight world title, which will see him set a new record in Namibia of five world title fights.