Michael Rosenthal

Moses scores first-round KO in native Namibia

Former lightweight titleholder Paulus Moses stopped journeyman Miguel Lombardo in the first round Saturday in Moses’ native Windhoek, Namibia.

Moses (27-1, 19 knockouts) landed a hard body shot that put Lombardo down near the end of the opening round and the Argentine was counted out. The official time was 2:59.

Moses, THE RING’s No. 7-rated lightweight, lost his 135-pound title to Miguel Acosta last May but is 2-0 since.

“I love fighting in my hometown of Windhoek in front of the people who know me best and support me most,” Moses said after the victory, according to a press release.  “My goal is to fight for another world championship, and the people of Windhoek provide me all the inspiration I need.

Don King is my promoter and he said I would win by knockout, and that is just what happened.  I know he believes in me and will soon find the opportunity for me to become champion again.”

Lombardo (15-10-1, 6 KOs) is 2-8-1 in his last 11 fights. He was fighting outside South America for the second time.

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