Harry downs opponent in first round

25 Nov 2018 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) – Harry Simon added another win to his illustrious boxing career after beating Kaminja Ramadhani Shabani of Tanzania on Sunday morning at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.
In the Harry Simon Onkungo Promotions’ first event of the year billed ‘Second Chance’ Boxing Bonanza, Simon floored his adversary to move his record to 31 wins from 31 fights. The event also saw his son, Harry Simon Jr, fighting against a Zimbabwean counterpart, making it the first time in Namibian boxing history where a father and son have fought on the same card.
The 44-year-old Simon had little work on the night as his opponent offered little challenge and was caught unaware with a left hook that blacked him out and required medical attention just less than a minute into the fight.
In his seventh professional bout, Simon Jr defeated veteran Zimbabwean boxer Meshack Kondwani. The younger Simon showed impressive skills as he outclassed the Zimbabwean boxer, forcing the referee to stop the fight in the second round after two minutes and 13 seconds of fighting.
The event also offered a catchweight bout between Vikapita ‘The Beast Master’ Meroro and Malawian opponent, Mussa Ajibu. The Namibian fighter, who came into the fight weighing eight kilogrammes (kg) more than his opponent, showed little excitement with both boxers wrestling most of the time instead of exchanging blows.
Meroro weighed 102.4 kg while Ajibu weighed 93.65 kg, making the fight a catchweight bout instead of the cruiserweight that Meroro fights in. Despite the weight issue, Meroro won the fight 79-73, 77-55 and 77-55 after eight rounds of boxing.
Other fights on the night saw Paulus Amavila beating his opponent Immanuel Jason in an all Namibian fight as the two boxers made their professional boxing debut in the lightweight 61.24 kg category.
In the bantamweight 53.5 kg category, Salatiel Moses beat Samuel Nangolo on split decision after the three judges scored the fight 38-38, 38-39 and 38-39 in Moses’ favour.
In another all Namibian bout, Hedison ‘Bulelo’ Nghipondoka beat Daniel ‘Open Fire’ Kashela on points in one of the most entertaining fights on the night. The three judges scored the fight 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37.
In yet another exciting fight on the night, super lightweight boxer Albino ‘Dannyboy’ Felesianu beat Limbani Chipaka of Malawi on points after six rounds of boxing. All three judges scored the fight 59-55 in favour of the Swakopmund-based boxer.