Danny Boy accepts Simon Jr challenge

Harry Simon in action. File photo

Harry Simon Jr and Felesianu ‘Danny Boy’ Albino will lock horns “very soon” after the latter accepted a challenge to fight the unbeaten prospect.

The pair ‘agreed’ to a fight on Saturday, following Simon Jr’s second-round stoppage of Israel Kammambwa in their Homecoming Bosing Fight Series main event held inside the Jan Wilkens Arena at Walvis Bay.

Should the fight materialise, the 36-year-old former International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Federation (WBF) African lightweight champion will represent Simon Jr’s sternest test yet.

Simon Jr’s critics are accusing the son of the legendary Harry Simon of stat-padding his way to 19 unbeaten fights by cherry-picking run-of-the-mill opponents.

“He’s the best pro fight right now at Swakopmund, and we’re in the same division. If he wants an early retirement, I’m here. I’m gonna put him to sleep,” Simon says.

“He has a name and he’s here right now. With him, I know it’s gonna be a mega fight. This will be a great derby. He’s from Swakop, and I’m from Walvis Bay. So, why not see who is the best in Erongo?”

In response, Albino, who has 20 wins, two losses and as many draws, says: “Let’s do the fight. I’m ready, the young man is ready, let’s go.

“We don’t want to take time. Very soon, we’ll be here.”

Simon Sr adds: “I’ll talk to the [Namibia Boxing and Wrestling] Control Board and hopefully Harry Simon Okuwo Promotions will be the promoter of this fight.”

Saturday’s non-title fight was Simon Jr’s first at his home town. The outcome remained constant as Kammambwa became the 13th knockout victim of Simon Jr.

“I promised you a great performance and I believe we delivered. All the boys from Walvis Bay won and won convincingly,” Simon Jr says.

“The welcoming gig was great. I love the atmosphere here and I feel at home.

“That’s why I was able to do what I did today.”

The Simon Homecoming series, supported by the Knowledge Katti and the Knowledge Foundation aim to revive the pride of boxing in the Erongo region and develop the champions of tomorrow, the organisers say.

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