By Ron Jackson
Paulus Moses from Namibia, the WBA lightweight champion, faces the toughest test of his career when he defends his belt against Venezuelan Miguel Costa at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia on Saturday night. Don King Productions who won the right to promote the fight with a purse bid of $150 000 (R1 171 500) will present the tournament in conjunction with former fighter Nestor Tobias of Sunshine Promotions, who has done some outstanding work in recent years to bring big time boxing to Namibia.
It has been reported that in terms of the WBA rules the champion will 55% of the purse and Acosta who is the interim WBA champion will receive 45%.
Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) from Okapya, Namibia made his pro debut in November 2002 with a second round stoppage win over Aaron Vilane in Windhoek and has fought mostly out of his home country.
However, he is well known to South African fans where he has scored impressive wins over Frans Mokobane (TKO 3), Rosco Sempira (KO 1), Ephraim Swandle (KO 7), Lebogang Mboniswa (KO 2) and Siviwe Ntshingana (TKO 7).
In August 2007 he burst on to the international when he went to Donetsk in the Ukraine to win the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title with an impressive ninth round stoppage win over the rugged Andriy Kudriavtsev.
He followed this up with wins over Ephraim Nangenda and Yauheni Kruhlik before travelling to Japan in January 2009 to take the WBA lightweight belt from Japan’s Yusuke Kobori who was 23-2-1, 12 KOs at the time, in an outstanding performance.
Moses, 31, made the first defense of his belt in July last year against another Japanese Takehiro Shimada in Windhoek, with a unanimous 12 round points decision.
The 32-year-old Acosta, the mandatory challenger who fights out of Caracas won the WBA interim title in Nayarit, Mexico in July last year he stopped the previously unbeaten Urbano Antillon.
Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs) who has been a pro since November 1999 suffered three consecutive losses early in his career but has remained unbeaten since April 2004. He has now won 17 in a row with 12 of those victories coming inside the distance.
The slick boxing champion will have to use all his skills to keep away from the right hand power of the challenger, but should have enough skills to score a hard-earned points decision.
The judges for the fight are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico), John Potura USA) and Giuseppe Quartarone (Italy); and the referee will be Gustavo Padilla from Panama.
The fight supervisor will be Stan Christodoulou from South Africa.