By Ron Jackson
Paulus Moses retained his WBO international lightweight title when he stopped Leonardo Gonzalez from Argentina 1 minute 31 seconds into the seventh round in Windhoek on Saturday night. The more experienced Moses improved his record to 32-2, with 21 wins inside the distance. He dominated proceedings during the first four of the scheduled twelve rounds as he scored with his left jab and some solid combinations.
However, the gutsy Gonzalez Gonzalez, whose record dropped to 24-5-1; 14, also produced some good combinations and probably won the fifth round, thanks to Moses’s leaky defence.
The Namibian regained control in the sixth round before landing a solid left hook in the seventh that dumped Gonzalez on the canvas. He got up but the referee stopped the bout after the Argentinian had taken more punishment.
On the undercard, Namibian Tyson Ushona (31-2-1; 8) retained his WBO Africa welterweight title by beating South African Kaizer Mabuza (25-10-3; 15) on points – 118-109 on each of the scorecards. Mabuza was knocked down in the tenth round.
Vikapita Meroro (24-4; 11) retained his WBO Africa cruiserweight title by stopping Pascal Ndomba (13-6-2; 11) of Tanzania in the second round.