Can Simba prove he’s superman?

2012-05-26 19:36

Will Flo “Black Panther” Simba have an impact in the cruiserweight class similar to the one he temporarily wielded as a heavyweight KO artist?

This question will be answered when he faces the awesomely built Thabiso “The Rock” Mnchunu at Emperors Palace on June 16.

The combatants confront each other in the unique Nashua Cruiserweight Super 8 staged by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions.

The show should ultimately determine whether, indeed, Simba, who was initially perceived as South Africa’s black heavyweight hope, is a superman or a counterfeit.

He has a tough assignment against formidable foes who will be inspired by the thought of finally snatching the R75 000 carrot dangled by Berman.

Other boxers engaged in the much-awaited tournament are Daniel Bruwer, his rival Danie Venter, Tshepang Mohale, adversary Zack Mwekassa, Johnny Muller and Israeli antagonist Ran Nakash.

Simba needs to activate his career after rudely discovering that he was not a natural heavyweight and resorting to the lighter cruiserweight division.

This was after shockingly suffering two knockout defeats against Danie Venter (Round 1) and Francois Botha
(Round 6).

Those stoppage losses were an anticlimax to the hype he had firstly ignited, when he knocked out 10 of his 14 foes.

Mnchunu, a fighter with a Herculean structure, who would unquestionably win the contest if it was based on physiques, stands between Simba and his dream of reincarnation.

Mnchunu was defeated only once in 10 hostilities that left six of his opponents counting stars.

At his best, he is meticulous, calculating and classy, and his battle against the one-time KO technician could steal the limelight.

Mwekassa, the only man to beat Mnchunu, takes on Mohale in a tangle that could leave the fans going ballistic in ecstasy.

Berman engaged Nakash, the only foreigner in the series as a ploy to spice up the event and capture the attention of Europe.

Whoever will eventually be crowned Superman stands to gain international recognition.

Why? The whole series, in addition to SuperSport, will be aired live on Broadway Boxing Network, which is owned by American Lou DiBella.

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