Showtime for Simon and co

28 June 2013 | Sports

WINDHOEKHECTOR MAWONGA Namibia's former world champion, Harry Simon, is set to take a giant stride towards getting a big fight if he succeeds in beating Hungarian Zalton Kiss Jr at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino tomorrow. Simon's camp is adamant that should the boxer win tomorrow, a fight with American superstar Bernard 'The Executioner' Hopkins will be in the offing. Those are familiar promises, though, as the former WBO light middleweight world champion has previously been touted to fight Roy Jones Jr; a fight that was once announced as 'pre-confirmed'. Despite question marks hanging over Simon's next move, the boxer is focused on fighting Kiss Jr tomorrow in a light heavyweight non-title bout. A lean-looking Simon yesterday said that although he is well prepared for the fight, a knockout is not really his objective. “I can't say if or when I'll knock him out. It is up to God to decide whether I'll get him in the first seconds of the fight or later on,” he told Namibian Sun at an event to announce the arrival of the foreign boxers who will be in action tomorrow. His opponent, on the other hand, made a display of confidence as he vowed to shake the local boxing scene. “I'm glad to be here but... I'm here to win. I have prepared for a month and a half for this fight, so I'm ready,” Kiss said. The two boxers will be featuring in the main event while a number of undercards will be part of the event at the Country Club. The main undercard is also expected to be a fiery affa, with Gottlieb Ndokosho due to fight Egyptian Ibrahim Mostafa for the IBF Intercontinental Africa featherweight title over 12 rounds. Ndokosho vowed to not only put up a good fight but welcome the Egyptian with a flurry of blows that will send his opponent to the canvas. Mostafa, speaking through an interpreter, was adamant that he was not in the country for a holiday but to take the title. Tickets for the event are set at N250 for normal seats while fans will have to fork out N$500 for VIP treatment. Full fight card Featherweight 4 rounds George Iita v Frans Niilo Lightweight 6 rounds Varde Ndayambekwa v Lukas Mukete Light welterweight 4 rounds Jason Mushala v Emmanuel Mungandjela Lightweight 6 rounds Christian Uukelo v Matthew Kandala Welterweight 4 rounds Simeon Shafodino v Kapena Naidjala Featherweight Johannes Kutumba v Gabriel Imalwa IBF Intercontinental Africa feather 12 rounds Gottlieb Ndokosho v Ibrahim Mostafa Light heavyweight non-title 8 rounds Harry Simon v Zoltan Kiss jr.

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