'I am ready to shine': Hitman

26 Feb 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses says he is ready to defend his title and to shine for all his supporters against Argentinean boxer Cristian Rafael Coria on Saturday.
He told Nampa on the sidelines of a media briefing held by the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy in the capital on Wednesday that he is well- prepared.
The fight is set to take place at the Olufuko Centre at Outapi in the Omusati Region, and will see Moses defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International Lightweight title for the third time.
“I am ready to defend my title, and to make all Namibians proud again,” he enthused.
He also called on boxing fans to go out in big numbers to show their support to all Namibian boxers who will be fighting this weekend.
Moses first won the WBO International Lightweight title in 2012 when he beat South African boxer Cassius Baloy, and defended it twice - against Fana Mzonke from South Africa in March 2013, and Leonardo Gonzalez from Argentina in October of the same year.
He holds a record of 30 fights - 28 wins and two losses, while Coria had 22 fights, recording a massive 20 wins, one loss and one draw.
On his part, Coria said he is happy to be in Africa, and is ready to put up a good fight.
“I am very happy to come to Africa. I never knew that one day I will come here, especially to Namibia,” the Argentinian boxer beamed.
He said his fans in Argentina are waiting for him to go back home with the title, and he is planning on doing exactly what they expect him to do.
Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing Academy chairperson Nestor Tobias told this news agency that they are happy to take boxing to northern Namibia.
“Our aim is to take boxing to all regions in the country, and not just keep it in one region. We are doing very well so far after taking it to Omaheke last year,” he noted.
Taking boxing to all regions also serves as a good opportunity for upcoming boxers to meet established boxers, and showcase their talents, he added.
The boxers will be leaving Windhoek for Outapi on Thursday.
The Hitman vs Coria fight will be the main bout of the night, and is scheduled for 22h45.
There will be seven supporting bouts on the same night, with the first one set to start at 18h30.
(NAMPA)
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