Windhoek — Disgruntled Namibian heavyweight boxer Boniface 'Tiger' Simasiku has finally let the cat out of the bag regarding his much publicised chickening out of a scheduled bout against Zambian pugilist Francis 'Galagata' Zulu, which was to be held on the 20th of last month in Lusaka, Zambia.
In a brief interview with New Era Sports, a furious Simasiku expressed dismay at the shoddy manner in which his fight was organised right from the outset, claiming his promoter Kinda Nangolo and his cronies were working in cahoots with each other in an attempt to make a quick buck by calling off his fight.
Simasiku claims that the pocket-sized Nangolo had on many occasions refused to let him peruse his contract, and only verbally informed him at a later stage that his fight was going to be an 8-rounder with a purse of US$800.
But when Simasiku and trainer Moses 'Holyfield' Ndemuinda arrived in Lusaka, he was shocked to find out that they were no longer going to fight over 8 rounds, but a mere 6 rounds, while the initial US$800 was also slashed down to US$600.
"I even asked my trainer 'Holyfield' as to why the contract was changed and why the contract was signed in the street, while I was provided with no realistic answers. So, with no other option, I agreed to proceed with the fight. When we arrived in Lusaka on Friday evening after travelling by bus over two days, I was very exhausted and humbly requested the Zambian boxing authorities to at least provide me with a gym so that I could regain some energy - a day prior to the fight."
However, the bulky boxer's plea fell on deaf ears with the event organisers claiming they were too busy and had no time to attend to the request since the hostel in which Simasiku was holed up was ostensibly too far for them to attend to the request.
"That's when I resolved to withdraw from the contest. How can you expect me to just jump in the ring and fight without a proper workout after having travelled for two days in a bus? To add insult to injury, they changed the contract without my consent, which is very unprofessional," fumed Simasiku.
Simasiku related that the Zambians later came to his room and urged him to go into the ring and fake either a 1st or 2nd round knockout and get his share of the purse but he refused point-blankly. He puts the entire debacle on the tiny sholuders of rookie promoter Kinda Nangolo.
"Kinda is a backstabber and very dishonest. He is now telling me I wasted his resources and I don't deserve his time but how can he say that if he's the one who used me and my boxing career to make dirty money?" asked a clearly aggrieved Simasiku.