Boxing is bigger than Hitman and Malcolm: Tobias

22 Mar 2015 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 22 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian boxing promoter and owner of the Nestor Sunshine Boxing Training and Fitness academy, Nestor Tobias, is of the opinion that boxing is bigger than everyone.
He said this after one of his boxers Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses lost his fight during the annual Independence boxing bonanza here Saturday morning.
The boxing promoter said ‘The Hitman’ did not perform as they expected him to during his fight for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International Lightweight title.
“It is part of the game, we are now going back home and talk about what happened today and decide on what we can do about it. I know this defeat is going to spoil the independence celebrations in the locations,” said Tobias.
South Africa’s Lightweight boxer Malcolm ‘The Stone’ Klassen won the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International Lightweight title after outclassing his Namibian opponent Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses after 12 rounds of boxing.
Malcolm showed dominance from the first round of the fight with his hard punches and aggression style of boxing.
In the sixth round ‘The Himan’, was brought down but he managed to beat the referee’s countdown.
In seventh round ‘The Hitman’ got a point deducted after hitting his opponent when the officials rang the bell for the end of the round.
'The Hitman' managed to recover in the ninth round but his effort was not enough as the judges’ Neville Holtz; Timo Haikonda and Herman Garus-Oab did not score in his favour after 12 round of boxing.
The three judges’ scorecards read 115-110; 116-110 and 113-112.
Speaking to the media after the fight, the newly crowned WBO International Lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen said he was prepared to fight Moses in his backyard and it all paid off.
“I fought against a brilliant fighter today in his own back yard and I should commend him for standing up from my left hook because every guy that I have beaten with it never stood up and I should also applaud the Namibian fans for coming out in numbers and making this event joyful,” said Klassen.
Paulus Moses told reporters that he was caught off guard by his opponent and he will go back to the drawing boards to assess were he went wrong.
“I pushed myself from the first round and did all I could, but the judges did not score in my favour today and there is nothing I can do right now but just look forward to what the future holds for me,” stated Moses.
Other boxers that fought on the night were:
Julius Indongo, who beat Ibrahim Class of Tanzania to claim the vacant WBO Africa Junior Welterweight title, after 12 rounds with the judges scoring the fight 111-116; 111-116 and 111-116.
Betual ‘Tyson’ Ushona beat Tshepo Mandawe of South Africa on points after eight round of boxing in the International Welterweight eight rounds none title bout.
Vikapita Meroro knocked Omour Mzungu of Tanzania out in the first round after just 1:31 seconds of boxing in the International Cruiserweight bout.
In the International Flyweight non-title bout, Japhet ‘Thin Man’ Utoni beat Sibusiso Twani of South African on points after 10 rounds of boxing.
Immanuel ‘The Prince’ Naindjala redeemed himself after he lost his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) African Bantamweight belt to South Africa Gideon Buthelezi in December by knocking-out his opponent Aubrey Masamba of Malawi in the third round with the time of 1:18 seconds in their independence boxing bonanza Bantamweight undercut fight.
In the Lightweight category fight, Martin Haikali beat Nkosinathi Ntsangase of South Africa on points after 10 rounds of boxing with the judges scoring reading 93-97; 93-97 and 92-98.
In the International Middleweight fight between Walter Kautondokwa and Charles Masanjo of Malawi Kautondokwa won with a fourth round knockout.
And in an all Namibian Welterweight fight between Tommy Hango and Immanuel Mungandjela, the bout was stopped in the fourth round after Mungandjela was too powerful for the ageing Hango with a fourth round knockout.