The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Hitman Gets His Groove Back

PAULUS ‘Hitman’ Moses’s trainer and promoter Nestor Tobias believes the former world champion is back to his best after comfortably retaining his WBO International lightweight title with a unanimous points victory over Argentina’s Jeremias Castillo on Sunday.

It was a great performance by Moses, who dominated the 12-round fight from the start to win comfortably on points, with the three judges scoring the fight 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 in his favour.

“Hitman has got his confidence back – he was sharp and strong and he gave a great performance. When he lost the title against Acosta and when he lost against Ricky Burns he was not the same, but now he is back to his best and now he can go for a big fight again,” Tobias said.

Tobias said that Castillo, who is the Interim WBC Latino Super featherweight champion, was a tough fighter, but is not in the same class as Moses.

“Castillo was a tough customer – he was a rough and an experienced boxer, but he could not keep up with Hitman. At the end he was holding on because Hitman was hurting him,” he said.

Tobias said Moses could still reach the top again.

“I will just keep on working with the Hitman and will look for bigger fight for him. He is the WBO international lightweight champion, so he can also go overseas to fight if we get an offer. But we must see if it will be good for us. He is not getting any younger so I must try and manage him to the top again,” he said.

After a cagey start, Moses picked up the tempo with some quick combinations in the second round as his fans started chanting his name.

The fight burst into action by the fourth round when Moses staggered Castillo with a right hook, but the tough Argentinian fought back and had Moses in trouble on the ropes, before Moses regained the initiative with his sharp jab.

Moses maintained a high work rate, mixing his jab with quick combinations to the head and body and by the fifth round, Castillo started holding on to try and slow down the fight.

Castillo came back in the seventh round, trapping Moses on the ropes, but Moses recovered and kept him at bay with his razor sharp jab, which had opened a welt under Castillo’s right eye.

In the final few rounds the fight had to be stopped a few times after Moses hit Castillo’s mouthguard out several times. This however also seemed to be a tactic by Castillo to slow down the fight because each time it took a while before his corner put it back.

Castillo tried to come back with some big punches, but they had little effect on Moses, who maintained a high tempo and movement, mixing his jab with strong combinations and quick hand speed.

By the 12th round his fans were roaring their approval and it came as no surprise when the three judges all scored a comfortable victory for the Hitman, who now has a record of 30 wins and two defeats.

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