26 Jul 2013 08:50
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) Local boxing promoter Kinda Nangolo has rejected an announcement about a fight between former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion Harry Onkugo Simon and compatriot Vikapita The Beastmaster Meroro in September this year.
Nangolo of Kinda Boxing Promotions told Nampa on Friday that he does not understand why Simons spokesperson Anita Tjombe would make such a misleading and confusing statement.
Tjombe, Namibias only female boxing promoter, on 15 July this year announced that Simon will fight current WBO African Cruiserweight champion Meroro on 07 September in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light-heavyweight title bout.
The following day, MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy chairman Nestor Tobias, who is also Meroros trainer, denounced that statement.
According to Nangolo, if Tjombe had signed a contract with Meroro, as she claimed, it is invalid because the proper procedures were not followed, nor was the fight approved by the IBF or the Namibia Boxing Control Board.
Maybe she promised Meroro a certain amount of money for the fight, but there is no fight between the two boxers, stressed Nangolo.
He claimed that Tjombe is acting as if she owns a certain boxing promotion academy, even going to the extent of taking over some of the shows organised by Kinda Boxing Promotions.
During the fight between Harry and Zoltan Kiss, she (Anita) took over my show and started speaking to the media on behalf of the academy, as if it was her show. We appreciate her contributions in certain instances, but she must also know her limits, he charged.
Meanwhile, Nangolo announced that Simon will still fight for the IBF Light-heavyweight title in September on a-yet-to be announced date, as the pugilist has a list of five opponents to choose from. Meroro is not on that list.
Simon knocked down Hungarian fighter Zoltan Kiss Jr in the second round of their Light-heavyweight non-title fight here on 29 June at a fully-packed Windhoek Country Club and Resorts hall.
The fight, which was co-promoted by Kinda Boxing promotions and Onkugo Boxing Promotions, was also a gateway for Simon to qualify for a world title challenge.
As part of his preparations for that upcoming fight, Simon left for South Africa on Monday for training.