Windhoek – Whilst the focus of attention is on the main bout between homeboy, the pocket size Hekkie Bulder and Philippine opponent Joey Canoy, for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) Junior Flyweight crown – Vikapita “Beast Master” Meroro will be the centre of attraction as the muscular Namibian goes up for the fight of his life.
The strongly built Meroro, boasting a somewhat patchy record of (33 fights, 28wins, 5 losses and 14KO’s) goes toe to toe with Kevin Lerena, in a none title cruiserweight ten rounder in one of the main under card bouts, slated for the revered for Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, Johannesburg, later this evening.
The boxing bonanza will be screened live on SS7 from 19h30 to 23h30pm.
Meroro’s opponent Lerena (16-1; 8), current South African and WBA Pan African Cruiserweight champion goes in against the rugged Namibian, who despite his unimpressive record has been in with good fighters like Stanislav Kashtanov, Isaac Chilemba, Juergen Braehmer and Dimitry Kudryasho, where he lost all his fights against them.
On the plus side, Meroro can take solace that only Kudryasho managed to stop him inside the distance in his last fight in May 2015 in Russia, when he was knocked out at 52 seconds of the 6th round after holding his own through the first five rounds. Kudryasho has a record of 20-1 with all his wins coming inside the distance.
However, boxing pundits including Meroro’s handler Nestor “Sunshine” Tobias, believe the taller Namibian has what it takes to stretch Lerena over the scheduled ten-round distance.
Heading tonight’s bill is the clash of the mini titans between local boy Budler and Canoy, as the tow boxers square off for the vacant IBO Junior Flyweight Belt. Budler (30-2; 9) will be hoping to claim his 4th global belt after having already held the IBO Junior Flyweight and Straw weight titles as well as the WBA straw weight title. .
The pint size boxer was also elevated to the WBA “Super” Straw weight champion in January last year before losing the WBA belt to Byron Rojas in a low-key performance in March the same year.
However, after moving up to Junior-Flyweight in October lat year, Bulder was back on track when he outscored compatriot Siyabongo Siyo to claim the vacant WBA Pan African Junior Flyweight title.
Twenty-three year-old Canoy, boasts a record of 12-2-1; 6, fights from the southpaw stance. His only losses in his career were against Jerry Tomogdan, who saw him off on points and Jesse Espinos, who stopped him in the 5th round on his debut bout in 2016.
However, he came back later in 2016 to score two inside the distance wins over Fabio Marfa (tko 4) and Toto Landero (tko 6). On the other hand, Budler is listed at No 6 in the Junior Flyweight division while Canoy is rated at number ten Straw weight in the January 2017 IBO ratings. Additional reporting by