11 February 2013

Namibia: Hitman to Fight Fana

PAULUS Moses's opponent for March 2 has been confirmed as the experienced South African fighter Mzonke Fana, who has a record of 31 wins and five defeats.

The pair will face off in the main supporting bout for the WBO bantamweight world title fight between Paulus Ambunda and Pungluang Sor Singyu of Thailand.

The 39-year-old Fana, also known as the 'Rose of Khayalitsha', won the IBF Super Featherweight title in September 2010 when he beat compatriot Cassius Baloyi for the title.

In his last fight on September 22 last year, he lost by unanimous decision against compatriot Sipho Taliwa for the WBC International Super Featherweight title.

Moses said he knew his opponent and was ready to take him on.

"I heard about Mzonke when I started boxing. He used to be a South African lightweight and featherweight champion and I saw him when he beat Michael Klassen for the IBF Super Featherweight title. But he is not a threat, I'm always prepared for the big fights," he said.

Moses also looked in excellent shape and said he was determined to get another crack at the world title.

"Now I'm rated number four in the world and with the next rating in February maybe I'll be number two or three so I'll just improve my record to go up again to be the number one contender so that I can fight for the world championship again," he said.

"When I lost my world title it was a wake-up call. So I started improving and throwing the correct punches and my timing improved. In my last two fights against Cassius Baloyi and the Argentinian Castillo, I was concentrating and throwing a lot of punches and controlling the fight so with the next one I'll also do the same," he said.

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