PAULUS 'The Hitman' Moses will be fighting Mexican Raymundo 'Sugar' Beltran on 16 February for the vacant WBO World lightweight title in the United States of America.
Moses' promoter and trainer Nestor Tobias confirmed the fight on Tuesday.
“We are busy ironing out a few things with Top Rank and ESPN. We will make an official announcement in due course,” Tobias told The Namibian Sport.
The fight marks the WBO International lightweight strap holder Moses' second attempt at the WBO world title after losing out on points in 2012 to Scotsman Ricky Burns, who was relieved of the WBA World super lightweight title by Julius 'Blue Machine' Indongo in March this year.
It will also be the evergreen ex-WBA world champion's fourth world title fight, of which he has won two with as many defeats.
Moses enters this fight, his first in the United States, with a 40-3 record that includes 25 knock outs. He has won his last four fights, including September's TKO win over Saidi Mundi of Tanzania.
Moses enters this fight with 16 years experience and nearly 300 rounds under his belt and has won each of his last three fights by knockout, an ominous sign as he won the WBA title on the back of a five KO streak.
The 39 year-old is a lengthy, slippery fighter despite his age, as he moves well in the ring and is able to slip punches well.
Moses is rather solid defensively and can be dangerous with his counters due to his wide, awkward stance. While he is not the most accurate puncher in the world, he can put together quick combinations and has shown he has some pop behind his hands even if his recent competition has not been the top of the pile.
In contrast, Beltran enters this fight with a 34-7-1 record that includes 21 knock outs. The Mexican has won his last five fights, with his most recent being over Costa Rican Bryan Vasquez in August. The 36-year-old went from being an afterthought to causal boxing fans to one of the top lightweights in the world. He is best known for his speed and counter ability, but he has displayed some power as of late with four of his last five wins ending in stoppage.
Beltran has knockout potential and can take a punch, but he is much more effective when he is breaking down his opponent and outworking them in the later rounds. This will be Beltran's fifth fight in Nevada.
This is a decent match-up which gives Moses a chance to add another world title to his impressive resume or for Beltran to get his biggest win. - Additional reporting by sportschatplace.com.
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