By Sport Reporter
VIKAPITA Meroro’s dramatic fifth-round surrender in his cruiserweight fight against South Africa’s Kevin Lerena last Saturday has not only cost him his fight money but it is now emerging that he may have dealt a heavy blow to other Namibian boxers’ chances of fighting south of the Orange River.
Golden Gloves, promoter of the fight under the heading “Thunder and Lightning”, have announced on their website that they will not pay the fight money and have gone further by reporting Meroro to Boxing South Africa.
According to the Golden Gloves website, its top promoter Rodney Berman has lodged the fight purse with Boxing South Africa pending an investigation into Meroro’s performance.
“We have an obligation to the public to produce good fights. The public pay good money, Emperors Palace pays good money and SuperSport pays good money. I can’t overlook that,” Berman was quoted as saying by the website.
It appears Meroro will not only lose his purse money, if found guilty by Boxing South Africa but he would have also caused other Namibians a chance to fight for big pay cheques in South Africa.
Confidente Sport has learnt from sources close to the promoters that Boxing South Africa will also consider whether they should continue to sanction fights involving other Namibians in the light of Meroro’s antics last Saturday.
Some concerned sources, however, say that barring Namibians from fighting in South Africa will be a harsh decision to make and that Meroro should rather be punished as an individual. Every other boxing stable and boxer should be considered on their own merits and whether they comply with the conditions laid down by Boxing South Africa, they argued.
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