Undefeated former world boxing champion, Harry ‘Terminator’ Simon (44), is hoping to cash in on the big bucks one last time with revelation that four-time world boxing champion,
Roy Jones Jr (49), of the USA has agreed to fight in Namibia on condition that he is guaranteed a US$800,000 (N$11.1 million) pay cheque.
Simon, who is undefeated from 31 professional fights, beat Kaminja Ramadhani Shabani of Tanzania (42) on Saturday in their Catchweight division fight at the former Ramatex complex in Windhoek through an impressive first round knockout.
The aged Jones Jr has a record of 75 fights, 66 wins and nine losses. His last fight ended in victory against Scott Sigmon in February this year.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer, Simon appealed to the corporate world to make such a fight happen, which he claims could generate ‘lots of money’ for the economy.
As of February 2018, Jones still held the record for the most wins in unified light heavyweight title bouts in boxing history, at twelve.
The Ring magazine named him the Fighter of the Year nearly 25 years ago in 1994, and the World Boxing Hall of Fame named him the Fighter of the Year for 2003.
He is also a three-time winner of the Best Boxer ESPY Award (1996, 2000, and 2003).
The Boxing Writers Association of America named him as the Fighter of the Decade, 20 years ago in the 1990s.
“I just had a discussion with Jones Jr through a video call and he told me that he wants to fight me in Namibia on condition that I have US$800,000. I am appealing to the Namibian Government, MTC or MTN to make such a fight happen in Namibia as it could put Namibia back on the world map.
“This fight could be the second biggest fight to take place in Africa after the Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman fight in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Such a fight can attract the entire world and lots of money will be made. Jones Jr told me that he wants to kill me inside the ring,” Simon said.
Jones Jr’s camp also confirmed that they had agreed to fight Simon.
“Yes it’s in the works, yet a million is the number, and it will be somewhere in Africa,” Mercedes Ganon, who is a spokesperson of Jones Jr, told the Windhoek Observer.
Meanwhile, Simon’s arch enemy, Vikapita ‘Beast Master’ Meroro (37), said the legendary boxer’s victory over Shabani was not that impressive.
In an interview with the Windhoek Observer this week, Meroro mocked Simon’s victory against what he called an aged boxer.
“That was not even a hook, but a slap on Shabani. I don’t think that Shabani was using his real age as I think that he is 50 years and above,” Meroro said.
Meroro and Simon were due to fight in June this year, but the fight never happened because Meroro was over the weight limit and failed to meet the required 92,7 kg.
“I blame the boxing board for what happened. The boxing board could have just allowed the fight to take place, while I as an athlete needed to reduce weight. I have now stopped drinking alcohol,” Meroro said.
Responding to Meroro’s comments, Simon said it will be impossible for Meroro to lose his weight since he is employed as a chef in the Namibia Defence Force (NDF).
“Where does this guy (Meroro) work again? He works as a chef at his work place and it will be impossible for him to stop eating. I just want Meroro to reduce weight to at least 97kg because I do not want people to say that I have beaten an overweight boxer. I do not have a problem to fight Meroro because it is a fight that every Namibian would like to watch,” Simon declared.