WBA World Lightweight Champion, Namibian Paulus "The Hitman" Moses says he watches TBN most of the time and his favorite American preacher is T.D. Jakes.
REIGNING World Boxing Association (WBA) world lightweight champion, Namibian Paulus "The Hitman" Moses, bares his soul to Informant’s Confidence Musariri before his defence title fight on Saturday night against Tokyo’s finest, Takehiro Shimada.
The Nujoma wish-list Moses wishes former President Sam Nujoma could come and watch him fight at the Windhoek Country Club. I am inspired by the Founding Father. He is the main person I want to see in the crowd on Saturday. When he led the country’s liberation, it was things such as these he wanted us to enjoy in an independent Namibia. I wish he comes to see me pay back the fruits of an independent Namibia. I know President Pohamba has a hectic schedule but if he comes, it will be an added bonus. At least Tate Sam must make my night.
Former lightweight champion Dingane Thobela is rest assured to be there as he is a board member of the NestorTobiasAcademy run by Hitman’s promoter. Thobela is the first man to fight for a WBA world title fight in Africa when he defended the same title in South Africa in the 90s.
Where The Muti is.
Besides talking to himself in the mirror while clutching his three belts, The Pan African Title, The Intercontinental Title and The World Title for extra motivation before the fight, The Hitman is a great man of faith.
He plays his favourite gospel artist South African Winnie Mashaba the whole week prior to the fight and prays regularly in his hotel room. Ironically he does not know the meaning of his favourite track Izandhla Phezulu-Sizojabula a Zulu song meaning, Let’s lift our hands high, we will rejoice in victory. I am a member of the ELCIN church in Katutura and I pray always. If Shimada is praying, good for him but God answers only the one who is fit. He has never let me down, because I stay fit.
Shimada must really be strong because I will come on him and if he gets tired, God won’t save him, says Moses. The champion confessed that if he is not playing his gospel music, then he is watching Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). I watch TBN most of the time before my fights and TD Jakes (an African American preacher) is my number one preacher. But on Saturday he will not step into the ring with a Mashaba Soundtrack. They will play track number two from the late Namibian gospel artist, Gift. It’s song thanking Namibians for giving me everything. That song just makes me focus on giving back to Namibians what they deserve.
Seventeen of The Hitman’s 24 fights have ended before the 12th round, sending fans home early. I cannot guarantee that it will be a quick and short night. What I can tell you is that I am ready for the 12-rounds. It will be a bonus, if Shimada fails to look after himself in the ring.
A fight has already been planned for The Hitman in the USA in September for his first mandatory challenge against the WBA world Number 1 contender. It’s not at short-notice. Remember I was supposed to fight Saturday’s fight in April but wasted time looking of funds.
The Hitman plans to retire from boxing in four years time when he is 35, but he wants to remain the world champion until then. Bernard Hopkins is fighting at 40. I want to remain in the Lightweight division until I retire. Guys like Shawn Morsely have not changed divisions. I don’t want to add weight but I will remain lightweight champion till I retire.
The Marriage Question
The champion for the first time conceded. Its true, my wedding is on August 28 this year, he said. Alas, his wife-to-be will not watch the fight as she is currently in China on a government mission.
Did you know?
Hitman has only bled once in his 24-fight career. He was cut during a fight against South African Mpumi Mashoka in Swakopmund 2003, in what he describes as one of his toughest matches as he was still a freshman. He has never seen his blood in the ring since then. He is a staunch Arsenal fan who believes that Nicklas Bendtner is useless and should be sold immediately. The Hitman has a tattoo on his left arm written, title and has a drawing of a belt coming from the gloves.
Locally, he admires his roommate and sparring partner Jatoorora Sting Tjingavete but also has reserved respect for Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda and Sacky “Izinyooka” Shikukutu. Those boys don’t stop going forward and that’s the thing I admire in them, he said. The trio, as well as Martin Haikal, who are all in Saturday night’s undercards makes up the champ’s sparring partners.
Written by Confidence Musariri
Thursday, 23 July 2009
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