By Ron Jackson
Paulus Moses of Namibia retained his WBO International lightweight title when he scored a hard-earned 12 round points decision over Cristian Coria from Argentina at the Olufuka Centre in Outapi, Namibia on Saturday night. The scores were 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110, but despite the wide margins the 35-year-old Moses who is a former WBA “regular” lightweight champion had to pick up the pace after the rugged Coria, 31, made a good start through the first four rounds. The in your face Argentinean paid the price for boring in with the head when he was deducted two points by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen. Moses improves his record 33-2; 21 and Coria saw his record drop to 21-2-1; 7.
In the main supporting bout WBO Africa lightweight champion Namibian Martin Haikali 15-5; 5 retained his title with a first round stoppage win over Tekesha Kabwe 9-4 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
WBO Africa junior welterweight champion Julius Indongo 14-0; 7 retained his title when he stopped Joel Mwewa at 2:17 of the first round. Mwewa’s reported record was 13-2-1.