Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses and Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona have set their sights on becoming world champions once again when they take to the ring next month in the United States and Britain, respectively.
The two boxers have been hard at training even during the Christmas period and the turn of the New Year.
Moses, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight world champion, will take on Raymundo Beltran of Mexico for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Lightweight world title on 16 February in the US.
While Uushona will come up against Frankie Gavin of the UK for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) Welterweight world title on 23 February in Birmingham, England.
Uushona is the current World Boxing Federation (WBF) Welterweight world champion ‑ a title he won in 2016 when he defeated Rafal Jackiewicz of Poland in Windhoek and successfully defended against Roman Belaev of Russia last year also in Windhoek.
Uushona is the only Namibian boxer at the moment to hold a world title (WBF) after former triple world champion Julius ‘Blue Machine’ Indongo lost his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super lightweight world titles last year to Terence Crawford.
Indongo was also stripped of his IBO world title last year after his then camp (MTC Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy) failed to pay the sanction fees.
Indongo is now based in the US with his new promoter Lou DiBella after ditching Tobias, who worked with him since early 2000, when he was still an amateur before he turned professional in 2009.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer, Moses (40 wins and three losses) said he is confident of outclassing Beltran, who has a record of 34 wins, seven losses and one draw.
This will be the third time that Moses will be fighting for a world title. His first shot at a world title was in 2009 when he won the WBA world title and again in 2012 for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Lightweight title, which he lost to Ricky Burns.
“I have been working very hard in training and I am in a good shape ahead of the fight,” Moses said.
“I do have a good chance because he (Beltran) is a slow fighter, which gives me a better chance of winning. I have been waiting for this moment (world title shot) and I have to make use of it.”
Uushona heads into his showdown with Gavin with a record of 42 fights (36 wins, five losses and a draw), while Gavin comes in with a record of 28 fights (25 wins and three losses).
Gavin might have fought fewer fights compared to Uushona, but he knows how to fight Namibian boxers as he defeated Sacky Shikukutu in 2014.
Uushona, however, said he is not bothered by Gavin’s win over Shikukutu, saying that he is fully focused on bringing home the IBO title.
“I have not watched his (Gavin) fights, but all I can say is that I am fully fit both mentally and physically. There is no excuse this time around for me because I have been training even throughout the festive season,” Uushona said.