Boxing promoter and manager, Nestor Tobias, fumes after one of his boxers, Vikapita Meroro, pens a deal behind his back to fight against former world champion, Harry Simon.
Meroro signed a contract in June this year with former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion Harry Simon’s manager, Anita Tjombe, to fight Simon.
Tobias, who returns from Germany this week, only learnt about the deal after The Villager Sports contacted him to find out if he had okayed his boxer’s move, instead of letting him do it himself (Tobias) as per boxing rules.
“It is illegal for him (Meroro) to have signed that contract because everything has to go through me. I do not know about the fight as he is contracted by us. If he has signed it, then he will have to defend himself on the issue,” Tobias fumed.
According to the initial deal between Meroro and Tjombe, the fight had been slated for 28th of next month, only to be called off because of Meroro’s weight problem.
Tjombe says the fight is now billed for the first week of December. When contacted by The Villager Sports, Meroro confirmed that he had indeed signed the contract but is still not sure whether the fight will materialise or not as his promoter (Tobias) and Simon are not in good terms.
“Until Tobias and Nestor put their differences aside, I do not think the match will transpire. Tobias and I are partners; we normally discuss and decide what is good for me. If I fight him (Simon), I do not think I will lose. Although he was the first boxer to bring a world title to Namibia, Simon is not the best boxer. Tell me which good fighter Simon has beaten?” Asks Meroro.
Meanwhile, Tjombe has shown The Villager Sports the signed contract and insists the fight will take place.
“I want this fight to happen to silence those who have big mouths. Since we will be promoting the fight, Tobias is worried because he knows he will not cash in on the fight. He has been manipulating local boxing for many years. It is time for him to wake up and smell the coffee,” she says.
Both fighters are currently preparing for their next opponents and Simon welcomes Gerard Ajetovic of United Kingdom for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light-heavyweight in Windhoek.
He fights on 28th of next month at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Meroro, on the other hand, is to take on Pascal Ndomba of Tanzania on the 5th of October also in Windhoek to defend his Interim WBO Africa Cruiserweight title.
Simon is undefeated and has 28 wins with 21 knock-outs while Meroro’s records stand at 26 fights, 22 wins and four losses.
Simon is a former WBO Light-Middleweight champion as well as a former Interim WBO Middleweight champion.
Tjombe also says she has not yet ruled out Simon’s fight against American iconic boxer, Bernard Hopkins.