After all the harsh words on social media, Virani MacVicar and Prisha Priyanka will finally square off. This time it will only be with words, but it has the potential to be quite explosive.
Suzy Bennett Takes the stage to introduce the fighters. The reception for Virani is muted, but Prisha is given a hero’s welcome. The Canadian appears to be dressed for a business meeting, while Prisha has dressed like the Indian princess she perceives herself to be.
Suzy: “Welcome everyone to the Mariott Hotel here in Mumbai. We are here today for the press conference for the main event of our upcoming card that will take place this weekend. The main event, of course, features one of the most highly talked about fights worldwide and additionally, it is the first time that a boxing card has been headlined by a female fight here in India. I’m proud to say that this fight will be broadcast live on EBC Sport in the UK and through our partners, it will be available in Germany, and Canada. But that’s just business. Let’s introduce the fighters. First, we have Virani MacVicar. Virani is a knockout artist that has been in the ring with many top fighters. She has fought in the United Kingdom and her home country of Canada and has won the admiration of many fans around the world. Ladies and Gentleman, the ‘Canadian Cobra’ Virani MacVicar.”
Virani: “Hi. I’m happy to be in my ancestral home, and I’m happy to be fighting someone that I legitimately don’t like. It will be my pleasure to kickstart my ascent back up the rankings by knocking out a fighter who has the mouth of a world champion, but the fighting skills of a journeywoman.”
The press titters for a moment. If Virani is willing to lob verbal bombs, no doubt Prisha is as well.
Suzy: “And her opponent, from Shimla, India, the undefeated Asian and Pacific Featherweight champion, ‘Pretty’ Prisha Priyanka.”
Prisha: “You’re on!”
Virani smiles tightly to herself, while Suzy points to the next reporter.
Prisha: (Standing) “And that is where you are totally and utterly wrong, Ms. Kohli.”
Virani: “My name is MacVicar for the second time.”
Prisha: “What Virani Kohli is doing here is something that has become a sad trend. We produce so many great people here in India. But then they leave us for ‘greener pastures,’ whether that is the UK, Canada or the USA. Like Virani, these Indians abandon us, and they never give back to the people that helped make them. That’s why I fight here in India. I give back to the people that made me who support me. I give hope to young girls in India that they can make something of themselves. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not like, Virani does. What do you do, Virani? How do you help people? How do you give back to your country?”
Virani: “This is ridiculous.”
Prisha: “Is it though? Is it really? You’re such a fake, Virani. You’re a fake boxer that can only beat handpicked opponents. You’re a fake Indian, who dropped her real last name for one that is more marketable. Hell, even your hair is fake, Ms. Kohli. That’s why this is personal between us. You’re a disgrace to everything I want to be…because I’m real. Yes, I’m a loudmouth. But that’s because if I was a timid and meek girl, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. For better or worse, I’m real. You’re fake…right down to your core. I can’t wait to expose you.”
Prisha: “You’re unbelievable. Do you even hear the words coming out of your mouth? I’m relieved about one thing though, I’m sure glad that your parents aren’t around to see you demean yourself like this.”
There’s an audible silence in the room. Even for a trash talker like Prisha, some things are supposed to be off limits. Bringing up Virani’s deceased parents (both her biological and adoptive) is a low blow in every sense of the word.
…and only Thomas’ quick reaction prevents Virani from physically attacking Prisha! It takes all of Thomas’ strength to rein in the wild, enraged, Virani. Prisha watches the chaos coolly, her objective achieved.
After a couple of moments, Thomas manages to corral Virani and shepherd her towards the exit. The cameras of the media struggle to follow them. Thomas shoos them away. Once they manage to find some space, Virani tuns to Thomas.
Virani: “I’m going to kill her.”
Thomas: “She’s just trying to get in your head.”
Virani: “No, she’s just pissed me off. I’m going to end her when I get her in the ring.”
Thomas: “Virani, you can’t fight stupid. We know Prisha isn’t half as good as she thinks she is, but she’s still dangerous. Let’s go back to the hotel and forget about this.”
Virani: “You go back to the hotel Thomas. There’s some things I need to do.”
Thomas: “Are you sure?”
Virani: “Yes. This fake Indian girl is about to get less fake. I won’t be that long.”
Thomas: “We’ll make her pay for what she said, okay V?”
Virani: “I’m going to give Prisha a beating that her ancestors are going to feel.”