26 Jun 2013 11:40
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) - Harry Simon is 100 per cent ready for the fight against Hungarian Zoltan Kiss JR here on Saturday, the Namibian?s promoter said on Wednesday.
Tjombe told Nampa Simon, who was training in Johannesburg, South Africa until Wednesday thsi week, is in good shape and ready to face Kiss.
?He had been training for this fight in South Africa and in order work on his weight, and there is no doubt that he will win the fight,? she said.
Simon was expected here by Wednesday afternoon for the fight against Kiss on Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort.
The Terminator, as the 40-year-old Namibian boxer was formerly known, has an impressive undefeated record of 27 fights - 20 of them by knock out.
Kiss,38, holds a record of 46 fights - 29 wins, 12 by way of knock out; 14 losses of which he was knocked out 13 times; and three draws.
Namibia?s only female boxing promoter said the nation should expect the same Simon they use to know in terms of skills and hard punches.
?It is just a matter of time, but early next year he will be where he stopped in his boxing career, and we will take it from there to make sure he remains the champion,? she stressed.
The former world champion has a huge responsibility to defeat Kiss as a victory will be the gateway to challenge Jozsef Nagy of Hungary for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight title in September this year.
Nagy won 30 fights and lost 15 off 45 fights.
In his most recent outing in June 2012, Simon stopped Ruben Groenewald from South Africa at one minute and 23 seconds of the first round after knocking him down twice.
He turned professional in 1994, and won the WBO Light-Middleweight title in 1998 by defeating Winky Wright. Simon defended it four times against Kevin Lueshing, Enrique Areco, Rodney Jones and Wayne Alexander.
He later captured the WBO Middleweight title against Sweden?s Armand Krajnc in a 12-round unanimous decision.
In March 2007, Simon won an eight-round decision over Stephen Nzuemb in Namibia, and also won a fight against Tanzanian Rashid Mutumba by knockout on 02 December 2010.
Simon was involved in two serious car accidents resulting in fatalities. The latest one in late 2002 also saw him seriously injured and sent to serve a two-year jail term for culpable homicide. Three Belgian tourists, two adults and a baby, died in a collision with Simon?s Mercedes-Benz at Langstrand, between the two coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in November 2002.