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SimonÔÇÖs title defence in doubt

Mon, 21 July 2014 02:45
by Michael Uugwanga
Sports




International Boxing Federation (IBF) Light-Heavyweight title holder, Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon title defence against Serbian-born Geared Ajetovic is hanging in balance after his opponent asked to be given time to recover from a previous fight, The Villager has learnt.
Ajetovic recently fought in the IBO middleweight title against Daniel Guile in a fight Ajetovic lost on points.
Simon told The Villager that, “I am giving him time because he just fought in Australia and he needs time to recover. I want to tell my fans that they should not give up hope on me as I will always give them good fights”.
Simon’s title defence is facing a challenge on availability of funds to stage the fight in Namibia as he is still waiting for Telecom Namibia’s response regarding the bout expected to cost some millions.
“I am just waiting for my main sponsor Telecom Namibia to respond to my call regarding the sponsorship deal about of my  title defence. I am not sure yet whether it will be in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund,” he said.
 Simon won the IBF International Light Heavyweight title after defeating Ajetovic on points last year September at the Ramatext factory in Windhoek in a fight that raised some eye brows after his win.
After capturing the IBF title, Simon was given six months to defend his title but could not do so because of injuries sustained on his right arm against Ajetovic. This will be the third time this year that Simon’s title defence is being postponed after his first initial title defence in April was postponed because of injury.
“I am fit to fight him. You all know that I was injured after the fight, even though people think he won the fight. I will have to prove once again that I am still the best boxer. I do not see myself losing a fight because I have the talent that God gave me,” said Simon.
Simon who turns 41 in October has a record of 29 fights with no loses since turning professional in 1994. Simon is currently ranked number 13 in the world by the IBF, with Bernard Hopkins being the IBF Light Heavyweight champion of the world.
“I will still repeat this that I am born a champion and that is what I am intending to do. Rankings do not count to me at all it is about what you do in the ring,” said Simon.