Meroro signals quits after Lerena

05 Feb 2017 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – A clearly unfit and unprepared Vikapita “The Beast Master” Meroro was pummelled into submission in the fifth round by Kevin “The Knockout Kid” Lerena at Emperors Palace on Saturday evening.
Soon after his defeat in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Namibian announced his retirement from the sport.
In a fight broadcast live on SuperSport Television, Meroro was in trouble from the beginning, with Lerena knocking him down in the first minute of the first round.
The two boxers were fighting it out at the cruiserweight level.
Lerena further upped the tempo in the second round and continued dominating the Namibian, who had to resort to dirty tactics of holding his opponent.
This tactic seemed to work for “The Beast Master,” as he started to land a few shots but to little effect in the second round, while frustrating Lerena.
In the third round, a visibly sluggish and tired Meroro continued holding his opponent, who had to change his tactics from using powerful punches to body shots.
This appeared to take the air out of Meroro’s tank who delayed coming out for the fifth round, clearly signalling that the end was near.
In the fifth round, Lerena continued working Meroro’s body, while looking for a killer punch. The Namibian stuck to his plan of frustrating his opponent.
With 58 seconds left in the round, the Namibian clearly had enough, as after an exchange of body blows with his South African counterpart, he signalled to the match referee and fans that he had suffered enough punishment.
A disappointed Lerena said he had hoped for a better fight from Meroro.
“He came to spoil the fight and at some point in time during the fight, I was getting frustrated. But as soon as I changed the tactics, he could not handle me,” said the South African boxer who now moves to 18 fights, 17 wins and one loss with 11 knockouts.
Meroro now has six defeats (one via knockout) from his 34 fights, winning 14 of his 28 fights via knockouts.
Lerena is currently ranked number five by the World Boxing Organisation and 11th by the World Boxing Council.