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At 39, Paulus Moses not retiring any time soon

by Kelvin Chiringa

After a huge loss in the United States at the hands of Raymundo Beltran which has seen Paulus “The Hitman” Moses without any belt, the boxer has adamantly brushed off chances of him retiring anytime soon despite his advanced age of 39.

The former WBA Lightweight champion of the world came a few inches within grabbing a vacant WBO Lightweight belt when he was defeated by Beltran in the States.

At a meeting with journalists yesterday in the capital, The Hitman said he was still fit and ready to bounce back in the ring, and face Beltran in a rematch if possible.

“I’m still ok, my body is still moving. I’m still fine. Now I am just going back home and rest a bit, talk to my manager and see what is next,” he said. 

Explaining how he lost out in the final rounds after having started off brilliantly, Moses said he was looking for a knock out and had to soften a little on punches.

However, he admits that the Mexican came out hard and took the 10th round. 

“When I came in round 10, I slowed down a bit. I knew that we were going to round 11. I know he took round 10 but I took round 11. When he came in round 12 my corner told me that I had to look for a KO. That’s why I did not throw a lot of punches because I did not want to exchange with Beltran,” said the boxer 

He also said, “I watched all his fights. When he is in trouble, he always calls you to exchange blows and he is good at that.” 

On The Hitman’s retirement considering his advancing age, MTC’s Tim Ekandjo brushed it off saying that the boxer still “moves like a 20-year-old” implying that he would hang on for some time.

Ekandjo took time to lash out at the judges for having “robbed The Hitman of a title.”

“Even though you are the judges, we also watched the fight. It was a close fight. We appreciate The Hitman,” he said before turning to boxing fans, “We want to see you on the 20th of March at Ramatex,” he said. 

The 20th will see Nestor Sunshine’s glamour boys, Jeremiah “Low Key” Nakathila facing off with Ghana’s Patrick Okine for the WBO Africa junior lightweight title (12 rounds) with Walter Kautondokwa headlining the entire show.

Kautondokwa will face Billi Facundo Godoy from Argentina for the WBO middleweight Africa title (12 rounds). 

Nestor’s upcoming golden-child and son of boxing legend Harry Simon Jnr will also make the much anticipated event meant to honour the contributions made by Namibia’s three presidents.

The stable’s Prince Naidjala has also flown to Australia where he is scheduled for a show down with undefeated Australian champion, Jason “The Smooth One” Moloney, in the latter’s first title defense of 2018, WBA #9, WBO#8, IBF#13 and WBC #18 Bantamweight.