New Opponent for Meroro

Vikapita “Beastmaster” Meroro will no longer fight Franco Sanchez as was originally planned at the Final Punch Boxing Bonanza on 4 October 2014. This announcement was made by Nestor Tobias, trainerromoter of the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing amp Fitness Academy.

“Franco Sanchez can no longer make it to Namibia due to personal legal challenges on his side that do not allow him to leave Argentina,” said Tobias.

Sanchez will however be replaced by David Cabral who has a similar record and who also hails from Argentina. Cabral boasts a sound record of 29 fights 19 wins and 10 losses, and he recently achieved a victory by split decision against the experienced Gonzalo Basile who has a record of 63 wins and nine losses.

“This makes Meroro’s new opponent more dangerous, but Meroro is a class fighter currently ranked number two in the world by the WBO and we are confident that he can take on anybody in the world right now,” Tobias said.

“I expect nothing less than a victory from Meroro and he knows what is at stake. After this win the sky will be the limit for him and we are working hard to strategise for his upcoming fights because they will lead us to the world titles that we have been craving for, for so many years,” he added.

Meroro said he was not fazed by the new opponent.

“I have taken note of the change of opponent and it does not really bother me. When you prepare for such a big fight you prepare for all eventualities and I am therefore ready to knock down any opponent presented to me. I am not a man of many words, but I enjoy conversing with my opponents in the ring because that is all that matters,” said a confident Meroro.

The Independence Arena will host the star-studded attraction on the 4 October that will see Namibia’s top ranked boxers fighting for their lives to get shots at world titles.

In the main bout former WBA world champion Paulus ‘The Hitman’ Moses, who is now ranked second in the world by the WBO, will defend his WBO International WBO title against Brazilian Josenilson Dos Santos.

Betuel “Tyson” Ushona who is also ranked number two in the world by the WBO will take on Dario Pucheta of Argentina, who has a record of 19 wins and only two losses.

Wilberforce “Black Mamba” Shihepo will take on Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe in a rematch, after Shihepo won their first encounter in 2011, while Sackey ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu will take on another Zimbabwean, Lawrence Moyo.

VIP tickets are selling at N$500 while standard tickets will go for only N$100. The organizers have promised that security in and around the arena will be tight and have encouraged boxing fans to come in their numbers. The Independence Arena is currently under renovation in preparation for the bonanza.

Source : The Namibian

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