WINDHOEK, 12 OCT – Harry Simon and Vikapita Meroro will return to the ring on 24 November at Ramatex in Windhoek, with the fighters facing Tanzanian and Malawian opponents.
This was revealed by Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa – the match maker at Harry Simon Onkungo Promotions – during a press conference in Windhoek on Thursday.
Simon will face Kaminja Ramadhan Shabani from Tanzania while Meroro will face Mussa Ajibu from Malawi.
“Everything is in place from our side for this fight to take place. We have paid the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Board (NPBWB) the required funds while the contracts and boxers’ medicals are ready. For now we just await the official confirmation through a letter from the board,” Hilongwa said.
He further stated that Simon’s Computer-Assisted Tomography (CAT scan), which he underwent in South Africa in June is still valid.
The NPBWB had earlier this year requested Simon to undergo the CAT scan while preparing for the abandoned fight between himself and Meroro.
On his part, Simon said he will prepare well for the fight and is currently looking for funds to go to South Africa for camp, where he said it is easy to get sparring partners.
“I am focusing on Shabani, I will work hard to lose weight and be in top shape. I have not fought in over two years, but I am going in for a win even though I am not underestimating him. I do not think there is any boxer that can handle me when I am in top shape,” Simon said.
The former world champion said his age and long layoff will not have any effect on the fight.
Meanwhile, Simon said his son Harry Simon Junior will also feature as an under-card on the night against a yet-to-be-named opponent.
“Junior will fight a six-rounder with a local or international boxer. We are working hard to get him an opponent,” Simon said.
The event schedule is as follows:
Featherweight four rounds 57.15 kilogrammes (kg)
Elifas Kambungu versus (v) Paulus Aileka
1 fight (f) 1 draw (d) – Pro Debut
Super lightweight four rounds 63.5 kg
Sacky Amutjaa v Rafael Iita
4f 3w 1l – 3f 2w 1l
Bantam Weight four rounds 53.50 kg
Gabriel Njamba v Salatiel Moses
2f 2w – 2f 1w 1l
Featherweight four rounds 69.85 kg
Mateus ‘Nata’ Heita v Abel Joseph
Pro Debut for both
Super Welterweight four rounds 69.85 kg
Hedison ‘Bulelo’ Nghipondoka v Daniel Kashela
3f 1w 2l – 21f 9w 0l 2d
Catchweight eight rounds 69.85 kg
Vikapita ‘The Beast’ Meroro v Mussa Ajibu (Malawi)
35f 28w 7l – 44f 28w 11l 5d
Super lightweight eight rounds 94 kg
Albino ‘Danny boy’ Felesianu v Limbani Chipaka (Malawi)
20f 17w 2l 1d- 9f 7w 2l
Catchweight eight rounds 92 kg
Harry ‘Terminator’ Simon v Kaminja Ramadhan Shabani (Tanzania)
30f 30w – 20f 11w 8l 1d