Hitman downs Dos Santos to retain title

05 Oct 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – Namibia’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) international lightweight belt holder Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses beat Josenilson dos Santos of Brazil here on Saturday to retain his title.
Their bout formed part of the ‘Final punch to the world title’ boxing bonanza hosted at the Independence Arena in Katutura by the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy.
From the start of the fight, Moses and Dos Santos tightly matched each other round after round.
It was only until the fifth round that The Hitman started showing dominance against his opponent. Two minutes and 13 seconds after the start of the seventh round, Moses landed a left jab in Dos Santos’ stomach to knock him out.
Speaking to the media after his win, Moses said the fight was not easy as his opponent is a world class fighter.
“All credit should be given to my corner for doing an exceptionally good job. We waited for the right opportunity to land the punch that knocked Dos Santos out and delivered on our promise of winning this fight,” he said.
Nestor Tobias, his promoter and owner of the Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy, said the boxing bonanza showed the quality boxers Namibia has.
'As I said before, Hitman is finally showing the same hunger he showed before winning his first title in 2001,” said Tobias.
Meanwhile, in the other fights of the night Dario Pucheta from Argentina knocked Betuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona out in the seventh round of their international welterweight non-title fight.
Vikapita Meroro beat Walter David Cabral of Argentina in the seventh round after his opponent decided to throw in the towel with a cut left eye. At the time all the judges’ scorecards read 54- 60 in favour of Meroro.
The international welterweight non-title fight between Namibians Tommy Hango and Peter Malakia was won by Malakia on a unanimous points decision after eight rounds of boxing.
Meanwhile, Wilberforce Shihepo beat Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe in their international light heavyweight fight on points, while Sacky Shikukutu knocked Lawrence Moyo of Zambia out to win their international welterweight fight. Nathaniel Kamati also knocked Thato Monabana of Botswana out in their international super bantamweight bout.
Jeremia Nakathila beat Tebogo Kagiso of Botswana on points in their junior lightweight bout.
Thebfour-round welterweight bout between Simeon Shafodino and Gomotsang Gaasite of Botswana was judged a draw, while Ebenestus Kaangundwe beat another Namibian, Theo-Ben Kativa on points, also in a four-round welterweight bout.