Former World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight champion, Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, recorded a unanimous decision win against Argentina’s Crostian Coria in Outapi in the Omusati Region on Saturday evening.
Defending his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International Lightweight title for a third time, Moses recorded 110-117, 108-119 and 108-120.
But these did not come easy for The Hitman who was up against a fast, strong and aggressive Coria who took the fight to him, especially in the first three opening rounds.
Coria remained in control even in the fifth round, conjuring up good combination punches that had Moses’ promoter, Nestor Tobias, visibly worried for him.
During the fifth round’s break, Tobias urged Moses to “become more lethal and aggressive” going on the offence.
For the remaining rounds, Moses seemed to have heeded his promoter’s message by getting out of this shell and taking the fight to Coria.
As Coria wore off, Moses seemed motivated to deliver heavy punches that saw the crowd get to its feet in support of him. From then onwards, the look on The Hitman’s face remained placid.
His victory means he will have another shot at the world title for the first time since losing it to Ricky Burns in 2012 at the WBO Lightweight title in Glasgow, Scotland.
Moses now has a record of 35 fights, 33 wins and two losses since turning professional in 2002.
“As much as Moses is a human being, he is more like a car that does not work properly and needs pushing to function. That is why I was anxious and worried in the fifth round. For now, I do not know when his next fight will be but we will work according to the WBO rules,” Tobias told this reporter after the fight.
Queried about a rumoured upcoming Namibian Welterweight title scheduled for this Saturday between his fighter, Tommy Hango against Eradius Hamunyela, Tobias said, “I do not know about that fight, sorry”.
Hango confirmed his pullout from the rumoured fight, because his promoter had not been informed about it.
The Namibian Welterweight title is organised by Kinda Nangolo [of Kinda Promotions] who was not in the country at the time of going to press.
“Nangolo should have informed Nestor about the fight. That’s how it works. If anyone wants to fight me, they have to go through Tobias. I have been in the gym since January, training hard for this fight. I want to fight Hamunyela again. Tobias told me to continue training, because something might just come up,” said Hango.