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By unknown | Jan 06, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Namibian fighter Paulos "Hitman" Moses has dedicated his WBA lightweight title to Dingaan Thobela and to his second home - South Africa.

"The Rose of Soweto" co-manages Moses with Namibian Nestor Tobias. Thobela took Moses under his wing in 2002 when the boxer fought his second professional fight here.

That was because of the cordial friendship between Thobela and Tobias, which dates back some 20 years when Tobias, then a fighter, joined the stable of Norman Hlabane who guided Thobela to the Transvaal and SA junior lightweight, WBO and WBA lightweight belts.

Last Thursday Tobias guided Moses to victory against Japan's Yusuke Kobori at Pacifico in Yokohama. Incidentally, the belt that Moses won was once held by Thobela.

"I am the world champion today all because of Dingaan. He took me under his wing when I was nothing in 2002. I remember him saying I must work hard and I will be a world champion one day. Here we are Thobela," said an exhilarated Moses yesterday during an interview at the OR Tambo International Airport while waiting for a connecting flight.

Moses won the WBA Pan African title in 2006.

"I earned a top 15 spot. I defended it three times and moved to number three. I won the WBA Inter-Continental belt and earned the number one rating.

"I want to also thank South Africa for welcoming me. I fought most of my fights there. My victory is for Namibia, South Africa and the whole African continent," said Moses, 30, who remains unbeaten after 24 fights with 17 knockouts.

Tobias, whose career began in 1993 and ended here in 1996, began training fighters in Namibia 1995. But the absence of promoters there forced him to obtain a promoter's license.

With Thobela's assistance, Tobias' Sunshine Promotions produced fighters like Frans Hantindi (former WBA Pan African welterweight holder), Siegfried Kaperu (former WBO Inter-Continental featherweight champion), Wilbeforce Shihepo as well as Moses.

"I want to thank Thobela for his selflessness when called for help," said Tobias who described South Africa as their second home.

Thobela attracted negative publicity late last year after the failure of his Rose Funeral Services to bury the son of an 84-year-old granny.

But Thobela is known for his big heart.

The celebrated former world champion started the Masterpiece Moripe Games with Julius Sono years back, once buried six members of various destitute families free of charge and also spent about R200000 on school uniforms for children in Dlamini.


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