Namibia’s former world champion Harry Simon has reportedly developed cold feet ahead of his much anticipated non-title fight against Vikapita ‘Beastmaster’ Meroro, in March next year.
Plans for the eagerly awaited bout fell flat after Simon’s camp declined the offer to fight, after having initially agreed to the proposal. The MTC Nestor Sunshine camp made Simon a tempting offer to square off against the muscular Meroro on March 19, 2016.
Following several meetings between Sunshine Promotions, sponsors MTC, and Simon, his camp eventually agreed to the fight but has now changed their minds. Simon’s handler Anita Tjombe says they are happy with the offer, but not comfortable with the opponent.
She suggested Meroro must be replaced with Joe Vegas, whom the promoters do not think is a worthy opponent, considering his patchy record of 17 wins, 12 losses and one draw from 31 fights, of which he finished six inside the distance.
“Vargas has lost all six of his last fights, so we cannot invest money in promoting such a fight. It is not fair on the fans to come and see a fight with a fighter with such a poor record. It’s crystal clear that Simon does not want to face Meroro at this point in time, but it’s fine. We respect that, at least we have tried our level best to get him back into the ring as was his plea,” charged promoter Nestor Tobias, with tongue in cheek.
Simon, 44, remains undefeated in his illustrious boxing career and would have come into the cancelled fight with an impressive fight record of 29 fights, 29 wins and 21 knockouts.
His last title fight was against Geard Ajetovic for the IBF International Light Heavyweight title. Simon went into that fight to prove that age is nothing but a number and that he still has the skill and power that made him Namibia’s first world boxing champion.
Meanwhile, MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing & Fitness Academy promoter Nestor Tobias thanked Tim Ekandjo at MTC for bringing the two rival camps together, although the deal fell through.
“It’s very unfortunate that his camp has officially declined the offer, but we will keep the door open in case they change their minds,” Tobias said.