OBVIOUSLY when a boxer wins any world title his financial situation improves. Hitman became the first boxer in the world to win a world title in 2009 and the only African currently holding a world title.
Every pedestrian is now eager to know how much The Hitman bargained and below, Confidence Musariri seeks to unlock certain questions that Namibians are dying to have answered.
IT’S as rare as hen’s teeth for a boxing contract to be revealed in public. From Mohammed Ali and Mike Tyson to Oscar De La Hoya, the secrecy is generally a result of contractual clauses signed between a boxer and promoter before a fight.
Englishman Graham Houston, a boxing reporter since 1960, told Informanté that, “Paulus Moses now stands to be matched in the biggest-money fight that is available for him in his future mandatory title defense.”
Tobias has signed an undisclosed deal with Don King Promotions. It is likely that Tobias will help Moses financially for the next few years, and then recuperate his outlay on each big payday. The Hitman is now paid in US dollars according to WBA as Don King sanctions all his fights, whilst Tobias handles the promoting.
More than 50 television channels, internet-channels, Showtime and Pay-per-view channels covered the event across Europe and Asia, but our own NBC failed to cover it due a R500, 000 broadcast fee. More than US$50million (N$500m) is likely to have been netted in the title fight, judging from the broadcasting rights, promotions and attendance. The next fight should be bigger.
The 9-month Honeymoon
With nine months to choose a voluntary fight Hitman will choose an opponent of his choice within the WBA top 15 bracket. Tobias will not choose a troublesome fighter, but one who attracts world attention and more financial returns to Namibia and Sunshine stable.
The biggest victims are European or American fighters outside the top 10 bracket since they will rack in a lot of money from broadcasting rights.
After nine months, a mandatory challenger will be given to Moses by the WBA but anyone wishing to challenge The Hitman now can do so if they have the purse to buy him out of his WBA championship honeymoon.
“If they (Guzman) want us now, let them put up a ‘super fight’,” said Tobias. That ‘super fight’ would be lucrative for Moses as he will be paid double his usual earnings.
Joan Guzman wants Hitman
ACCORDING to a report on Hoy boxing website, former WBO champion Joan Guzman (29-fights undefeated -17KOs) has publicly targeted Moses, who also has 17KOs.
Guzman from Dominican Republic, trained by Floyd Mayweather Snr, has been involved in lightweight title eliminators, targeting the world title that The Hitman now holds. Last December, he decisioned Ameth Diaz in a title eliminator. He had a crack at Nate Campbell, WBA-WBO-IBF champion, (38f-32w-25KO-5L-1D) last year, but the fight was cancelled after Guzman failed to make the lightweight limit. He says Hitman must be considered a ‘regular’ champion.
Nate Campbell was not defeated but changed stables when he annexed the WBO and IBF titles. Guzman may be forced to face Campbell first before Hitman. Together with Marco Barrera, Guzman ranks amongst Moses’ biggest money-opportunities in the mandatory bracket.
Regional Commander Namibia Police (Nampol) Khomas Region, Samuel Hoabeb’s department is processing the recommendation for Moses’ promotion within Nampol.
“We cannot have a world ambassador who is a non-commissioned officer. His promotion is around the corner. He must be a commissioned officer,” said Hoabeb.
But impeccable sources say The Hitman, who is currently a warrant officer, may be promoted further to a rank equaling Police General if Police Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, approves.
There has also been talk of a diplomatic passport, although the likelihood could not be verified by authorities.
Tobias has confessed his anguish at business corporations who were already bothering him for a share in hosting the world title fight, “yet no one has bothered giving The Hitman a thank you present in the name of a car, a free holiday or even a house. He deserves more than I give him.”
The Hitman got a bonus trophy from the WBA because of the gallant way he fought.
“It’s not always the case that a world champion is given two trophies. I think they decided to honor him because it is rare to score points above 115 and reach 119 points in a world title fight, which is decided by a Unanimous Decision. Most world title fights, if it is not a KO, the points are around 113,” said Namibia boxing control’s Joe Kaperu.
- The next venue -
The next fight is estimated to cost over N$10million, as the world champion will now be paid more than US$1m in any of his upcoming bouts. According to WBA rules, officials, referees and judges covering a world title fight should be flown on a business class ticket, among other VIP treatment. The Katutura Independence Arena and Country Club Parking Lot are tipped as potential venues.