Muhammad Ali once said, “Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion.” For Charlie Roberts as he prepares for his date with destiny at The Eliminator on June 19th, truer words may never have been spoken.
It may seem to be a forgone conclusion to many that IPW New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Jamie Tagataese will retain his Championship at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall on that night. He has been arguably the most dominant champion in IPW history over his two reigns earning victories over a literal who’s who of top New Zealand talent. Whether in a steel cage, fan bring the weapons or a last man standing match, The Big Man has prevailed to carve out a legacy for himself that is beyond impressive. It’s not a stretch to call him the favourite in this bout.
However… The man who stands opposite Tagataese at The Eliminator holds a clean pinfall victory over him. At Hot Summer Fights earlier this year, Charlie Roberts clashed with the champion in a two out of three falls match which saw Roberts not only get the pin but also get inside the head of his opponent in a way not seen before. Indeed, it took a shocking low blow from Tagataese to score the deciding fall and retain his title.
This time around there will be no special stipulations. Just two men battling for New Zealand wrestling’s richest prize and both have something to prove.
For Tagataese, he needs to know that he can put Roberts down convincingly and without controversy. For Roberts he will need to prove that that pinfall earlier this year wasn’t a fluke and that he belongs in the upper echelon of IPW.
Ali also believed that Champions are not made in the gym; that it is the combination of skill and will that really counts and that the will to be a champion is what really matters. Both men have that will.
But one of them will need to have an ounce more of it come June 19th. Who’s it going to be?
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