New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Beast Master Talks Tough... Vows to Punish Wandera From Uganda

Windhoek — Namibia's hard-punching cruiserweight boxer Vikapita 'Beast Master' Meroro, who squares off against Ugandan opponent Hamza Wandera for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa cruiserweight title over 12 rounds is confident of victory.

"I'm really not sure if my opponent will be able to sustain the onslaught that I will be directing at him on Saturday, but what I can assure you is the fight will not go the full distance because I will finish off that dude before the 10th round," the Beast Master boasted yesterday.

Meroro, who will be featuring in one of the main under-card bouts at the Ramatex Textile Factory this coming weekend, is brimming with confidence and promises to offer one of his best fights ever in his rather checkered professional boxing career.

"Fighting as a cruiserweight has really made me more sharper and effective. My speed and strength are very impressive. For the past few weeks we have worked hard to make sure my speed complements my strength and things are looking quite good," quipped the muscular boxer.

Meroro (28) has a record of 22 wins and 4 defeats and is regarded as one of the most prolific punchers in the business with 10 of his bouts out of 26, as a professional, failing to last the distance. His opponent Wandera boasts a patchy record of 15 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws from 23 fights.

On that same billing, Bethuel 'Tyson' Uushona will defend his WBO Africa welterweight title against Emmanuel Clottey from Ghana, while Paulus 'Hitman' Moses also puts his WBO International lightweight title at stake against South African boxer Mzonke Fana.

The cherry on the cake is doubtlessly the WBO bantamweight title bout that will see Paulus 'The Rock' Ambunda challenging the undisputed champion Punglaung Sor Singyu of Thailand. Ambunda will be out to emulate the feats achieved by former Namibian world champions Harry Simon and Paulus Moses, and local boxing pundits cannot be faulted for believing he has what it takes to conquer the world. His record speaks for itself - all that is left to do now is to deliver the goods.

Also in action will be Simon 'Baluka' Johannes who takes on compatriot Efraim Magongo in a 4-rounder bantamweight fight, while Abraham Ndaendapo will trade blows with Tembani Hobonjanie (SA) over 6 rounds in the junior lightweight division. Manfred Haimbanga will square off against Costa Niilo in another junior lightweight bout over 6 rounds, while Jafet Utoni will trade leather with Haingura Kakishi Celestinus over 4 rounds in the flyweight division.

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