WINDHOEK - Namibia’s former World Boxing Association (WBA) light heavyweight champion Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses has again received another lifeline to redeem himself.
What was initially billed as an international bout between Moses and the man with whom he shares the same moniker - ‘The Hitman’ - former South African International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Featherweight champion Cassius ‘The Hitman’ Baloyi, will now be a World Boxing Organization (WBO) international title fight.
The two will meet on July 28, at the defunct Ramatex textile factory in the capital.
Both fighters have already signed a 10-round contract for the previous non-title international bout. The initial encounter was merely intended to improve the rankings of the two fighters and was not sanctioned by the WBO. The two will now meet in the newly introduced WBO title which is still vacant, over 10 rounds and not the required 12 rounds.
Now the WBO issued a special clearance to sanction the fight as a 10-rounder, because both boxers are currently rated pound for pound on the latest world rankings and are active and respected boxers in the international boxing circuit.
“Another reason why the WBO sanctioned the fight as a 10-rounder was also because both fighters have already been preparing for 10 rounds, since they thought they would be fighting in an ordinary international bout. That’s why we had to request special clearance from the WBO to sanction the fight as a 10-rounder,” promoter Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias explained.