I hope they don't chicken out

30 April 2018 | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA



We all know that the fight between Harry Simon and Vikapita Meroro is more of a publicity stunt and an exhibition.

However, after such a long wait for the two to finally trade leather, it appears that it is finally going to happen this time around.

The much-anticipated fight between Harry 'Terminator' Simon and Vikapita 'Beast Master' Meroro will take place at the end of June at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.

It has been a long time coming and people almost gave up on waiting for this fight.

It reminds me of the publicity stunt between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Many people knew that this was just a money-making fight but it still excited the public.

It is the same with this fight because many people know that the two boxers are past their prime but they are still excited about it.

I am just a bit afraid that one of the two might throw in the towel before the fight even happens.

This has happened before and it actually hurts the credibility of reporters and newspapers that preview these fights.

I am not saying that this is all but a good cut given these two are way beyond their prime, but it can finally put the debate of who is stronger to bed.

Since the first time it emerged that the two were going to fight, people have debated who is the better of the two.

Harry, who is a former undefeated world champion, is definitely the fans' favourite given his track record.

But some fans feel that Vikapita Meroro could be up for the challenge and send the legendary boxer to the canvas.

Meroro has been in appalling form, though, which has seen him losing many fights in a row.

Meroro last fought in December last year in Moscow against Maxim Vlasov in a non-title cruiserweight fight and was beaten in the first round.

For this, Simon could be the ultimate favourite going into this anticipated clash.

The 43-year-old Simon boasts a remarkable unbeaten record of 30 fights, and became the first Namibian world boxing champion after he dethroned Winky Wright with a points win at Sun City in 1998.

He last fought in 2016 when he defeated Japhet Kaseba of Tanzania during a boxing bonanza held on the sidelines of the Helao Nafidi Business Expo.

He has had a troubled time since his prime, landing him in hot water with the authorities.

Simon has also gained weight and lost some of his speed, making him vulnerable to counter-punches.

However, his experience could be enough to win him the fight.

Simon still believes that he is the best boxer that ever came out of the Land of the Brave.

The worrying part of this fight is that both boxers lack pace and this could turn out to be a very slow bout. There is no doubt that both still can land powerful punches, though.

It is up to Simon and Meroro to provide the best possible entertainment in a fight that many have waited for so long.

I also hope that this will not just be a two-minute bout but that both can hold on long enough to keep the fans excited.



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