27 Sep 2013 09:40
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) There was some confusion on Friday during the weigh-in of Harry The Hurricane Simon and Geard Ajetovic when the Namibian boxer was found to be slightly overweight.
When Simon stepped on the scales he was found to weigh 79,50 kilogrammes (kg), something Ajetovic's manager Aksu Sahhaydar was not very happy about.
The weight limit in the light heavyweight division, which Simon and the Serbian-born Ajetovic are competing in, is 79,38kg, but according to IBF rules he is still within the set limit.
Ajetovic weighed in at 78,55kg.
He indicated that he will fight Simon regardless of his weight.
He can weigh 90 kilogrammes, I will still fight him and I will knock him out, Ajetovic said.
The two go up against each other in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title fight on Saturday.
The fight forms part of the Dream Fight boxing tournament, which was initially set to take place at the Sam Nujoma Soccer Stadium. It has however now been moved to the Ramatex premises in the Otjomuise residential area, and the gates will open at 15h00.
Also speaking during the weigh-in, the president of the IBF in Africa Onesmus Ngowi said he has a lot of hope for Namibian boxers.
Namibia has great potential in boxing, and when I look at amateur boxing, I see boxers who could be Olympic world champions and these same boxers can turn into professional boxers, and can be world champions as well, he said.
Ngowi said Simon is the boxer who put Namibia on the world map, and people have to support him in the upcoming fight.
The judges and referee for the fight were announced during the weigh in as well. They are Simon Vamlashe, Tato Mbengu and Sylvia Kedibone Mokaila, all from South Africa.