Moses Itauma Plans To Move Through The Levels Exceptionally Quick En Route To Title Shot
18-year-old Moses Itauma is one of the most highly touted prospects that this country has ever seen. Unbeaten as an amateur, winning multiple international youth titles along the way, Moses was highly sought after.
The 6’5 Southpaw signed with Frank Warren’s Queensberry in January and made his debut as chief support on the Beterbiev vs Yarde show. Itauma blasted his overmatched opponent, Marcel Bode, out in under 30 seconds making an explosive first impression on boxing fans.
The Heavyweight prospect moved to 2-0 as a professional in Telford last month where he inflicted a first defeat on the Argentinean Ramon Ibarra.
He’s back for a third outing in under 80 days. The World and European youth gold medallist will step up to six-round action against Kostiantyn Dovbyshchenko (9-12-1) on the Joe Joyce-Zhilei Zhang undercard.
Dovbyshchenko has never been stopped and takes some decent operators the distance but none with the potential of Itauma. A legitimate inside-the-distance win would be a solid statement.
There’s been talk of Itauma beating Mike Tyson’s record of youngest Heavyweight Champion ever at 20 years and four months and whilst it seems like a tall order, Itauma’s manager Francis Warren has set out an accelerated path to do just that.
Warren explained the volume of development fights he wanted Itauma to have to Boxing King Media “The plan is two fours (round fights), two sixes, two eights. So in his 7th and 8th fight, he’ll step up to 10’s.”
Itauma will have already had 3 fights after Saturday and with him boxing every month, he may very well be in 10-round contests by the end of the calendar year.
The founder of Champion Sports Management claimed he wanted Itauma to be in competitive fights by the time they were in 10-rounders against fighters coming to win. “But there’s obviously no point paying someone 10-round money if they’re not going to come and have a fight…Fights 8/9 you want people who’ve got ambition of their own.”
“Titles can wait till fights 10/11. Fights 10/11 will happen in Feb 2024. He can’t do more than 10 rounds until he’s 20 – Dec 29, 2024”
“Someone like Kamil Sokolowski wouldn’t be a bad shout in fights 5/6.” Warren wants to match Itauma with respected and notoriously tough Polish journeyman Sokolowski in his fifth/sixth fight which is expected to be in the late summer of this year, moving at a pace much quicker than anyone would expect.
Itauma returns this Saturday for his third fight at London’s Copper Box Arena as Joe Joyce (15-0, 14 KOs) puts his WBO Interim World Heavyweight title on the line against Chinese southpaw Zhilei Zhang (24-1-1, 19 KOs).
Moses Itauma – 6 Rounds Heavyweight – Sat April 15– Copper Box Arena, London – Live On BT Sport