WINDHOEK – The Namibian Boxing Control Board (NBCB) has not yet sanctioned the fight of Harry ‘The Terminator’ Simon who is attempting a return to the ring.
Last night just before going to press Ambrosius Kandjii, who is technically responsible for staging Simon’s fight against his South African opponent, confirmed that the sanction fees had been paid in full and that the fight would in all likelihood proceed even though the medical reports of both boxers were outstanding.
He said the boxing boards of South Africa and Namibia have an excellent record of cooperation and trusted that all outstanding matters would be dealt with today.
Until late last night there were still serious doubts whether or not the fight would take place as boxing officials scurried around to make final arrangements for the fight.
Simon is scheduled to trade blows with Ruben Groenewald from South Africa on Saturday evening in an international light heavyweight bout over 10 rounds at the SKW Hall in the capital.
Simon, who last fought last year, boasts an impressive career record of 26 wins from 26 fights, while his opponent Groenewald is a former World Boxing Union (WBU) middleweight champion.
Kandjii said he had earlier met with promoter Kinda Nangolo, who is promoting the fight, and the pair reached agreement on all outstanding issues.
Boxing promoter Kinda Nangolo assured boxing fans that the much-anticipated fight was still on the cards at the SKW Hall tomorrow as scheduled.
“Just like I said, the fight is still on and everything is in order. There are no outstanding documents and I have already paid the sanction fees.”
There will also be some entertaining under-card fights on Saturday night. Pohamba “The President” Mandume will exchange blows with Zambian Ezaya Chilufya in the welterweight category over six rounds, while Albinus Felesianu takes on another Zambian boxer, Tom Chisenga, in the featherweight division over 10 rounds.
Gotlieb Ndokosho will also be in action against Ronald Tamani of Zimbabwe in the featherweight division over eight rounds and Christiaan Ukelo is set to trade leather with Elia Shekuza in the lightweight division over four rounds of action.
Joseph Katenda will take on Tinashe Madziwana of Zimbabwe in the featherweight division, while Johannes Gabriel’s opponent has not been announced yet.