21 Jan 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JAN (NAMPA) - Namibian pugilist Harry Simon is set to fight Jamaican boxer Glengoffe Johnson in May or June this year in defence of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Simon beat Geard Ajotovic from Serbia to claim the vacant IBF Light Heavyweight title on 28 September 2013 in Windhoek.
That was the Namibian's first title bout in over a decade, and he won it by unanimous decision over 12 rounds.
Simon, a former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Light Middleweight Champion and WBO Middlewieght Champion, told Nampa on Monday negotiations with Roy Jones Junior from the United States of America lapsed, and he thus set his sights on Johnson on recommendation by his trainer Norman Hlabane from South Africa.
Simon noted that he is still recovering from his arm injury sustained during his fight against Ajotovic.
My arm is recovering well, but this year I have to fight - if not in Namibia then anywhere in the world, he said.
Simon, 42, said he has started with punching exercises and will start sparring in April this year.
I started punching the bag and I do not feel any pain, and that is a very good sign for me, he said.
He will be sparing on 05 April in the Onkugo Promotions exhibition fights in Windhoek.
Simon stated that Johnson is a tough fighter.
In boxing things can happen and I do not underestimate anybody, but I trust myself for what I do, he said.
Simon noted that if the fight does not take place in Namibia it will take place in America, where Johnson is currently living.
Simon holds a record of 29 undefeated fights, while Johnson holds a record of 73 fights - 53 wins, two draws and 18 losses.
Johnson, 45, is the former IBF and The Ring light heavyweight champion. He is well known for his shocking Knock Out victory over Roy Jones Junior.