Paulus Moses-Raymundo Beltran fight sparks today …as both boxers face off

Top ranked Namibian boxer and WBO Africa Lightweight title champion, Paulus “The Hitman” Moses has finally faced off with rival Beltran Raymundo ahead of their high profile 135-pound world title fight scheduled for today.

The two titans will trade fists in the ring of Reno in Nevada in a 12-round match-up   as they race to cling the vacant WBO Lightweight world title at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino.

The developments have been confirmed by the Nestor Sunshine boxing stable currently camped in the US via a statement sent to The Villager: “Paulus “The Hitman” Moses finally came face to face with his opponent Raymundo Beltran at the official Face Off in Reno, Nevada.”

Moses has held the WBA lightweight belt from 2009 to 2010 and has  successfully defended it once.

His Mexican rival has also tried to bring himself within reach of a world title belt but was frustrated when he lost to the Scottish Ricky Burns and the American best pound-for-pound boxer, Terrence “Bud” Crawford.

Speaking to BoxingScene.com in the States, Namibia’s top flying boxing promoter, Nestor Tobias is quoted as saying that Beltran’s track record is not that appealing given his stint with drugs.

“We have done a lot of background checks on Beltran and his boxing history and the things we found out were not very impressive, from drug issues to banned substances to not making weight which is worrying,” he told the news-source.

Tobias is also quoted as saying that he trusts that the Nevada State Athletic Commission was aware of this past and made sure that the requisite precautions were taken before the fight to ensure he is clean.

“It would be a pity fighting against an enhanced Beltran,” he is quoted.

BoxingScene.com also reported that the Beltran-Moses vacant WBO Lightweight championship bout will headline a Top Rank-promoted card while the television-portion of the event will be aired live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m PT.

Moses boasts an incredible record of 43 fights, 40 wins with 25 coming by KO and only 3 losses while the Mexican holds a record of 42 fights, 34 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw.