Harare – Namibian boxing prospect Harry Simon (Jnr) says he is ready to step into the ring with Justin Mayweather, who comes to Zimbabwe for an August 14 tourney.
Mayweather, son of the iconic Floyd Mayweather (Snr) and brother of five-division champion Floyd Mayweather (Jnr) headlines a card that could be the biggest Southern Africa has seen in years.
The tournament, marking the launch of monthly series, is being promoted by US stable Lion Heart Productions, whose CEO Edward Mendy manages Justin Mayweather.
And Harry Simon (Jnr) – son of the legendary Harry Simon (Snr), who is unbeaten since 1994 – wants a shot at Justin Mayweather.
Harry Simon (Snr) was in Harare for the unveiling of the tournament this week, and he said he was negotiating with Mendy to make the fight happen.
Harry Simon (Snr) told The Southern Times Sport, “I have asked my son if he wishes to fight (Justin) Mayweather in Harare and he said he can’t wait. I asked him several questions to which his answers are all yes. So I am already in talks with Mendy about that possible match-up and seems we are heading for it.
“This is a great opportunity for the growth of boxing in the region. I implore promoters in the region to join hands and have their pugilists sweat it out here. I have come to negotiate the fight but also to give the tournament my approval as one of the region’s legend.”
The 23-year-old Harry Simon (Jnr) is undefeated in 13 bouts since turning pro, and he has a long road ahead to match his father’s 34-0 record.
Harry Simon (Snr) said he could possibly step into the ring for the last time in Harare this August, in what will be an exhibition match for the 48-year-old.”My career has been characterised by highs and lows but l am proud of my record. Probably l am the only boxer who has gone for 26 years without defeat. I want one more fight this year, possibly an exhibition in Harare in this upcoming world class tournament. I will also retire this year to concentrate on coaching,” he said.