Paulus Moses: A Namibian Boxing Legend

Paulus Moses, also known as “The Hitman,” is a Namibian professional boxer who has achieved remarkable success in the lightweight division. Born in Okapya, Namibia, on June 4, 1978, Moses began his boxing career in 2002 and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with. With his relentless determination and exceptional skills, he rose through the ranks, capturing numerous regional and international titles.

Early Career and Rise to Prominence

Moses’ professional debut came in 2002, marking the beginning of an impressive winning streak that spanned 23 consecutive fights. His impressive performances caught the attention of boxing enthusiasts and earned him a shot at the WBA (Regular) lightweight title in 2009.

WBA Lightweight Title Reign

On January 3, 2009, Moses faced Japanese boxer Yusuke Kobori in Yokohama, Japan, for the vacant WBA (Regular) lightweight title. In a thrilling display of boxing prowess, Moses emerged victorious, defeating Kobori by unanimous decision. This victory marked a pivotal moment in Moses’ career, cementing his status as a world champion.

Title Defenses and Continued Success

After capturing the WBA title, Moses successfully defended it against Japanese boxer Takehiro Shimada in July 2009. His reign as champion continued until May 2010 when he faced Venezuelan boxer Miguel Acosta in a title defense match. Despite a valiant effort, Moses lost the bout via knockout in the sixth round.

Pursuing World Championship Glory

Following the loss of his WBA title, Moses embarked on a journey to reclaim his position at the top of the lightweight division. He secured three consecutive victories before facing Scottish boxer Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title in March 2012. In a close and competitive match, Moses fell short, losing via unanimous decision.

Resilience and Second World Title Shot

Undeterred by setbacks, Moses continued to pursue his dream of regaining world championship status. He added 14 more victories to his record, including three successful title defenses of the WBO African lightweight title. In 2018, he received another opportunity to fight for a world title, facing Mexican boxer Raymundo Beltran for the WBO lightweight title. Despite a determined effort, Moses lost the bout via unanimous decision.

Retirement and Legacy

In October 2018, after a distinguished career spanning 16 years and 47 professional fights, Moses announced his retirement from boxing. He left the sport with an impressive record of 40 wins (29 knockouts), 6 losses, and 1 draw.

Moses’ legacy extends beyond his impressive win-loss record. He is remembered for his unwavering determination, exceptional technical skills, and captivating fighting style. His success inspired a generation of Namibian boxers and ignited a passion for the sport in his homeland.


Paulus Moses stands as a testament to the power of resilience and determination. His journey from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of boxing is an inspiring story that continues to motivate and inspire aspiring athletes worldwide. His contributions to Namibian boxing are undeniable, and his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come.


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