Fat Harry is no longer here. He’s gone,” said a trim and relaxed looking Harry Simon yesterday. Gone are the flabby arms and bulging waistline and in their place is a leaner physique more akin to a professional boxer. Simon has shed 20 kilos for tomorrow night’s catchweight fight against Zoltan Kiss Jr and yesterday vowed to make the most of his opportunities from here on in.
“I weighed 106kg seven weeks ago. Now I’m at 86kg. I feel stronger and fitter,” Simon told The Namibian Sport. “I have been training with the right people. I have worked really hard to bring my weight down. I feel good.” Simon believes tomorrow’s showdown at the Windhoek Country Club will mark the beginning of a new successful chapter in his career.
Still undefeated in 27 fights, Simon acknowledged that he had limited time to re-establish himself as one of the sport’s elite names.“It is very important for me. For me it must be a win. If I let it go, I have a lot to lose. This guy [Kiss Jr] does not have a lot to lose. I have bigger plans,” Simon said, who will chal- lenge for the IBF International Cruiserweight title should he defeat Kiss Jr.
However the 38 year-old Hungarian said he was prepared to derail Simon’s ambitions and taint the former WBO Junior middleweight and mid- dleweight champion’s impressive record. Three weeks ago he defeated countryman Zoltan Horvath in a warm up to tomorrow’s meeting clash with Simon.
Kiss Jr’s record reads 29 wins, 14 losses and 3 draws from 46 fights. “I came here to win. I didn’t travel over 12 000 kilometres to come and lose,” said Kiss Jr, who is trained by his father. “I want to fight for the IBF title. I’ve trained hard for three month’s for this fight. I know Harry and I respect him. He is undefeated but every- thing comes to an end at some point.”
While Simon’s return to the ring is hogging most of the limelight, his fight is listed as an undercard on the card of Gotlieb Ndokosho’s IBF Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf Featherweight title de- fence against Egyptian Ibrahim Mostafa.
Ndokosho has a professional record of 14 wins and three defeats while Mostafa’s record stands at 13 wins, four defeats and two draws.
A man of few words, Ndokosho said his only priority was keep hold of his belt. “I know I will win. I want to keep my title,” he said. “I have been training hard and I am not afraid of anyone. I call on my fansto come in big numbers to the fight
His challenger, ‘The Butcher’, while equally brief, said the time had come for a new champion. “I can fight anywhere anytime. I’m ready to win the title,” Mostafa said through an interpreter