12 Jul 2013 05:00
WINDHOEK, 12 JUL (NAMPA) - Negotiations are underway to stage pugilist Harry Simon?s next title fight here.
Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions told Nampa on Friday that although it has not yet been decided, negotiations are ongoing to have the former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion?s next bout in his home country.
?The main issue here is money, otherwise we have no hesitation to announce that the fight will take place in Namibia,? he said.
According to Nangolo, other pending issues include the identification of Simon?s next opponent, the drafting of the fight contract and the exact venue.
Simon, who holds a professional boxing record of 28 fights undefeated, was initially scheduled to fight Jozsef Nagy of Hungary for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight title in September this year.
That fight could still be on, but Nangolo said Simon now has a list of five potential opponents, and would have to choose whom he would like to fight in September.
The fight with any of the opponents on that list would still be a title bout, the promoter confirmed.
This sudden interest in fighting Simon came about after the former world champion knocked down Hungarian pugilist Zoltan Kiss Jr in the second round of their light-heavyweight non-title fight here on 29 June.
That fight was a gateway for Simon to challenge for a world title.
?From the list, we are not going to consider a weak boxer, as some people may think. We will pick any opponent, as long as the purse money is good because boxers ask to be paid differently, and the money issue is our main challenge,? Nangolo stressed.
Simon, who trains in neighbouring South Africa, is currently still in Namibia.
?Being in Namibia does not mean that Harry is not training. He is still involved in basic training sessions, such as running in order to keep in shape and get ready for the fight,? said Nangolo.
He added that Simon is in good shape, and with the great performance he gave against Kiss Jr, there is no doubt that he will soon claim a world championship belt.
Regarding claims that Simon will face either Vikapita Meroro or Wilberforce Shihepo, both from Namibia, Nangolo said only Meroro is eligible to fight Simon because they are in the same light-heavyweight category.
The boxing promoter, however, declined to reveal whether Meroro is on the list of five potential opponents for Simon.
?At this stage, I cannot disclose the list of possible opponents as it is still early to go into that. Time will tell,? he added.
Meroro, who goes by the ring name of ?The Beast Master?, is the current WBO Africa Cruiserweight champion. He retained his title when he defeated Uganda?s Namsa Wandera by technical knockout in the third round here on 02 March 2013.
He holds a professional boxing record of 27 fights with 23 wins (11 by way of knockout), and four losses.