Meroro vying for International WBA Cruiserweight title

28 Apr 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 28 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia’s World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Cruiserweight champion Vikapita ‘Beastmaster’ Meroro will take on World Boxing Association (WBA) International Cruiserweight champion Dmitry Kudryashov from Russia next month.
A media statement issued by the MTC Nestor 'Sunshine' Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy chairperson Nestor Tobias on Tuesday said Meroro will challenge Kudryashov for his International Cruiserweight belt in Moscow, Russia on 22 May 2015.
Kudryashov boasts a clean record of 17 fights and 17 wins, and is rated sixth in the world by the WBA, 12th by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and fifth by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Meroro boasts an impressive record of 32 fights - 28 wins and four losses. He is currently rated number four in the world by the WBO.
Tobias said the fight will take place at the Luzhanki Sports Centre, and will give Meroro the opportunity to clinch an international title which will 'open doors’ to a world championship fight.
“We have been struggling to get Meroro a credible opponent in Africa because of the lack of cruiserweights and we are therefore excited about this fight,” he said, adding that Meroro is facing an opponent who does not know what losing is.
The ‘Beastmaster’ was quoted in the statement as saying this is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. “I know this will be very tough as I will be fighting away, but I look forward to this challenge. A win will open so many doors for me and more importantly, add an international title to my name which I never had,” he said.
Meroro won against Tanzania’s Amour Mzungu in a technical knockout in Windhoek last month.