Moses encourages athletes to step up
Namibian boxing trainer Immanuel ‘AC’ Moses has urged Namibian sportsmen and -women to make 2020 the year of reckoning.
03 January 2020 | Sports
Local boxing trainer Immanuel ‘AC’ Moses believes Namibian athletes have what it takes to make it big internationally and should inject energy and hard work into their careers.
The trainer, who owns African Connection Fitness & Boxing Gym where he tirelessly nurtures young and veteran boxers alike, has a boxing event called ‘Rising Stars of Africa’ lined up for March which his brother, Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses, will headline.
Moses says being at the top requires hard work and persistence.
“If you want something, work for it relentlessly. If you want to be counted amongst the best, not just as a boxer or as a sprinter, put in the work and get people to help you get there,” he said.
“Look at the likes of marathon runner Helalia Johannes. Be like her. Put in work and go for your dreams,” he added.
Moses is grooming the likes of Shanika 'Mosquito' Alfeus and Flame Nangolo for future glory and has famous names like Sakarias ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas, Paulus Ambunda and Wilberforce 'Black Mamba' Shihepo training in his gym.
He says his boxers will go all out to make 2020 a year to remember, with the focus now on the boxing event scheduled for 15 March.
“Boxers never sleep. They work and that’s what we have been doing this festive season,” added Moses.
His brother, former WBA lightweight world champion Paulus 'The Hitman' Moses, will fight an undisclosed opponent at the event in March. Hitman has a record of 46 fights with 40 wins - 25 by knockout, and six losses. The boxer turned professional in 2002 when he fought Aaron Vilane of South Africa.
The Hitman has so far lost three fights by unanimous decision in the last two years. He lost to Russia's Adlan Aburashidov in a WBA/WBC Asia title fight on 19 September 2019. He then lost in February 2018 to Raymundo Beltran.
The event is scheduled to start at 19:00. There will be exciting undercards lined up with prospects from Botswana. Young talents such as Flame Nangolo (bantamweight), Hamuyela Matias (flyweight) and welterweight boxer Shanika 'Mosquito' Alfeus will fight on the undercard.