World Ranked Cruiserweight
Kevin Lerena Stops Meroro In 5
This past Saturday night , World ranked cruiserweight Kevin
Lerena stopped Vikapita Meroro in the 5th round of their
scheduled 10-round bout at The Emperors Palace in Gauteng,
Lerena, who is ranked number-5 by the WBO,number-11 by the
WBC, and number-13 by the WBA dropped Meroro in the 1st
round and won each round until Meroro surprisingly quit in
The win was Lerena's 6th consecutive victory.
The stoppage came as a shock, which led promoter Rodney
Berman to withhold Meroro's purse.
"He quit, plain and simple," raged Berman, who insisted
Meroro was in no imminent danger.
"We have an obligation to the public to produce good fights.
The public pay good money, Emperors Palace pays good money
and SuperSport pays good money. I can't overlook that," said
"As I didn't really get going, I'd give myself six out of
10. The minute I dropped him in the first round, he went
into defensive mode," said Lerena. "When a guy comes to
fight, I show my true ability. It frustrates me when they
don't . . . I like fighting. We did expect more, but what
can you do?"
"I was disappointed. No, I was angry. I wanted to beat him
up. I started going to the body from round four. I was
planning and building towards a conclusive finish. I'd
rather get knocked out than quit, like Meroro did."
"I'm lucky, I have a big following. The fans paid a lot of
money to watch me and many tuned in to television, but they
never got a full show because Meroro quit. People
understand, I'm coming to wreck my opponents. I'm not there
for the pay day. I come to win."
"I trained hard. Now I'm just focused on what's next. I'm
hoping for a fight date in America, the sooner the better. I
want a good fight and a good opponent. I love hard fights; I
never want to have easy fights. I just want to win and look
good doing so."
"Kevin got the win, and he dominated the fight," said Matt
Rowland, Vice President of Banner Promotions.
"He continues to win and move up the rankings, and our
partner Rodney Berman and us will discuss the next move for
Kevin. We can see him fighting for a world title in the not
too distant future."