THE immense contribution by Namibian pugilist Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses to the development of boxing in this country can’t be swept under the carpet. The former world champ last Saturday announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 40 after losing to Ghanaian- born Emmanuel ‘Game Boy’ Tagoe in the vacant WBO Africa lightweight title. The Hitman is one of Namibia’s best boxers and certainly took Namibian boxing to another level when he became world champion. It’s a pity however that he resigned after the unexpected loss to the Ghanaian but he will be best remembered for his swiftness and tactical approach during his fights.
His trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias’ contribution to the development of this sport code is certainly a marvel. In this light, I must agree fully with the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service to have the ‘Sport Museum’ set up where contributions of the likes of Moses and others are fully documented. The future generation should be able to read and view Hitman’s fights ten years from now and that the boxing great will not just retire, but continue to contribute
by either promoting fights, opening a boxing stable or training others. The boxing industry still has a lot to gain from Moses and other former boxers who are certainly not recognised just like
our very own former footballers contribute to the Brave Warriors, so should our former boxers.
Perhaps like my colleague, the seasoned NBC veteran sport reporter Kavi Vezemburuka observed, The Hitman was not mentally and physically prepared for the recent encounter, but I am convinced that he has done fairly well. Walter Kautondokwa’s defeat at the
hands of American Dementrius Andrade was a total shock. Again critics argued that lack of a thorough preparation for such a high-profile title fights brings nothing but disrepute to the sport. I mean, seeing Kautondokwa being downed four times and the first fall in the very first round is
indicative of lacklustre preparation. I’m sure the latter will have opportunities in future to reclaim his position amongst the very best rated in the world. Surely, there must have been a clause in the contract for a possible rematch and if Tobias has not done that it will simply be
such a pity. Kautondokwa’s professional record of 18 fights with one loss is definitely an impressive one and I have no doubt that he will rise up and be the best he can be. Another important development in boxing is the signing of IBO super bantamweight
champion Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda with Asia’s Ringstar Boxing. These are all testimony to the fact that there are opportunities for boxers elsewhere too and not just in Namibia. Athletes
like Low-Key Nakithila have what it takes to become world champions but proper planning is key for Namibian boxers, who should not just rush for titles. Congratulations to Ambunda!
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