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Hitman gets world title shot


by John Tuerijama
Sports

 

Former World Boxing Association (WBA)’s lightweight world champion, Paulus “The Hitman” Moses will face a tricky opponent in experienced Scottish-born Ricky Burns in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO)’s world title match in Glasgow in March.
Moses last stepped into the ring last September when he defeated Brazilian fighter, Sidney Jose De Siqueira, on points in a title eliminator bout hosted at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.
Promoter Nestor Tobias told The Villager Sport that his camp received the good news last week for Moses to vie for the world title after reigning champion Juan Manuel Marques vacated his belt as he moved up to the WBO light welterweight division.
“It is the first time in Namibian boxing history to have an individual boxer challenging for a world title in two different boxing organisations. It has never happened before and as such, it is history in the making,” said an elated Tobias.
Moses was earlier scheduled to trade blows with interim champion Burns in a WBO eliminator fight to have a go at the champion but with the elevation of Marques, Hitman is the official challenger.
“We will intensify our training to ensure that we b ring the world title to Namibia just like we did in 2009, when Hitman brought home the WBA lightweight world title after having defeated Japanese, Yusuke Kobori,” he stressed.
The Scottish boasts an impressive professional career of 35 fights, 33 wins of which nine were knockouts and two were losses while the Namibian challenger has an equally impressive record of 28 fights and one defeat.
“I am, at the moment, scrutinising Burn’s previous fights on video, studying them to single-out his weaknesses and strengths,” added the trainer.