Size matters for Simba

2011-11-05 20:38

‘Black Panther’ decides to trade punches in the cruiserweight class

Knockout artist Flo “Black Panther” Simba – the man once perceived as South Africa’s future black heavyweight – has decided to move to a lighter division.

It seems the boxer has discovered that the heavier the boxers are, the harder they punch – hence his decision to fight as a cruiserweight.

Simba’s manager, Brian Mitchell, said the change of division spells Simba’s rebirth.

“My fighter will come back as a newly born fighter in the lighter division as he will be taking on foes his size, and they should watch out,” warned Mitchell.

Before discovering that his fighter was biting off more than he could chew, his camp pledged that there was no way he could fight as a cruiserweight.

Simba’s trainer, Harold Volbrecht, recently pronounced that his fighter would continue fighting as a heavyweight because cruiserweight campaigners locally are not competitive.

“He is still young and will physically grow and eventually become a natural heavyweight as heavyweights mature later in their careers.”

Amazingly, the outsized Simba, who once aspired to “win a credible world heavyweight crown”, held his own against gigantic adversaries, knocking out 10 of the 12 he faced.

South Africa has produced only one credible black heavyweight fighter, one-time world ranked Siza Makhathini, about 20 years ago.

It surprisingly took only two knockout defeats inflicted by Francois Botha and Danie Venter for Simba to realise that size matters in boxing.

Some fight connoisseurs were under the illusion that Simba could emulate legendary Jack “The Manassa Mauler” Dempsey.

Dempsey, the smallest heavyweight of all time, authenticated the adage that dynamite comes in small packages, spectacularly chopping down far bigger rivals.

It is not a new thing for a fighter to switch divisions, though in Simba’s case, it was done for survival.

There have been great boxers that are capable of changing weight classes, going up and down in different
weight class.

These include Henry Armstrong, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones junior, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns. These fighters, unlike Simba, were flexible enough to voluntarily switch divisions either way.

Only one man in the world, Frenchman George Carpentier, fought in all weight classes, from flyweight to heavyweight division in the 1920s.

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