The Comeback Kid – Harry Simon Plots His Return to the Ring
Windhoek – In a bid to revive his waning boxing career, Namibia’s former world champion Harry “The Terminator” Simon has relocated to neighbouring South Africa.
If his proverbial return to the ring is anything to go by, Simon is set to step into the ring for a non-title light-heavyweight bout against Zoltan Kiss Jr from Hungary in less than two months’ time.
This comes after his first attempted second chance at limelight against another Hungarian Joseph Nagy next week, in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) strap, failed to materialise.
The relocation is meant to give the over 40-years-old enough time to find his groove again and concentrate in a rather exotic set-up as compared to his native country where trouble seems to be following him constantly.
His promoter, Kinda Nangolo, told the local media last week that Simon has been hooked up with a South African trainer in a bid to get him into shape for the much-anticipated fight.
“He is working hard and determined to come back strongly,” Nangolo was quoted in the media commenting on the prospects of Simon’s anticipated fight.
The former WBO Light Middleweight and WBO Middleweight world champion has been battling to get a major international fight for the past 10 years after his career was disrupted by a serious car accident and prison sentence.
In August 2005, Simon was handed a two-year jail term for culpable homicide stemming from a November 2002, which resulted in death of two Belgian tourists.
Age might be against him – but Simon has in the past shown that he has what it takes to shock many if given the chance.
But at the moment, he should be way above his best if he is to attain the feat of registering what could be a memorable comeback in Southern African history of boxing.
Simon last fought in June 2012 registering a first round win over South African Ruben Groenwald.
His professional boxing record stands at 27 wins ‑ 20 of them knockouts and no losses.
Kiss Jr is not a novice either – the former UBO International Heavyweight champion record is 45 fights ‑ 13 of them knockouts and 25 straight wins.