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Harry ''The Terminator'' Simon

Harry 'The Terminator' Simon clash Serbian boxer Geard Ajetovic on 28 September 2013 at Ramatex in Windhoek.

Harry Hermann Simon born on 21 October 1972 in Namibian coastal town Walvis Bay, the youngest of 7 children. Harry never knew his biological father only lived with the mother and sister, Anna. Harry grew up in the Kuisebmond township where only the toughest can survive. At an early age young Harry learned the tricks and survival skills of how to defend himself against bad-guys and close buddies who would regularly engage in streets bawls and baiting the authority. Harry at the time would hone his boxing skills in fiercely contested exchanges of bare-fist in street fights for township supremacy, he always emerged unscathed. Harry started making a living selling newspapers

He moves to Oranjemund, the leading diamond mining town in Namibia where he begun to work at a mine, but the baby-faced Harry later gave up and focused on boxing career. Later he crossed the border to South Africa, and joined team with Ariel Malatjie his first training coach. There in South Africa life was never better like in Walvis Bay sometimes he slept in the gym becuase he couldn't afford to pay rental accommodation. On the strike of a lightening things started to change for better, Harry Simon saw many invitation knocking the door to participate in well paid boxing bonanzas, like his first professional match between Leon Van Rensburg in 1994, where he defeated him with a knock out in around 4. Money were pumping in from all directions and quickly he became popular in Gauntag, South Africa and Namibia.

He boasts a remarkable unbeaten record of 31 wins. It’s now almost twenty years down the line since that historical night when the hard-punching Harry Simon was deservedly crowned WBO light middleweight world champion, Amazingly, the brother still boasts an impeccable squeaky-clean résumé since that memorable evening that was to change the mindset of many Namibians.


Namibia’s undisputed professional boxer, Harry Simon, aka ‘The Terminator’, was amongst the first local athletes to be crowned world champion after the legendary Frank Fredericks. Going into the much publicised world title bout as an unknown raw boxer, Simon beat the hell out of reigning champion Ronald ‘Winky” Wright at the packed to rafters Emperors Palace, near Johannesburg in 1998. What made the occasion special was the ringside presence of the sports-crazy incumbent Namibian head of state Dr Hage Geingob, at the time the country’s first appointed prime minister.

The orthodox boxer, who hails from Namibia’s main harbour town Walvis Bay, was a man possessed like a wounded tiger and took the fight to his much-fancied opponent from the onset. When he defeated Winky Wright for the WBO Light middleweight. In 2001. he won the interim WBO Middleweight against Hacine Cherifi. and later defeated Armand Krajnc in 2002 for the full version of the title. In 2002, Simon was also involved in a serious car crash.

Harry Simon and his personal assistant and coach Annita Tjombe of the Iron Lady Promotions Boxing Agency

He lost his world middleweight title owing to injuries sustained from the car accident, being stripped of the belt for failure to defend it. He was found guilty of "culpable homicide" and sentenced to jail in 2007. Simon was released in 2009. He currently holds the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, at 24 years. In 2013 Simon won the IBF International Light Heavyweight title against Geard Ajetović, and defended it against him again in 2014.

AMATEUR

As an amateur Simon represented Namibia as a welterweight at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and had an overall amateur record of 121-9. His result was:
  • Lost to Aníbal Acevedo (Puerto Rico) 11-13
BOXING CAREER

Simon turned pro in 1994 and won the WBO Light Middleweight title in 1998 by defeating Winky Wright by controversial decision. The bout had initially been ruled a draw, but then a "scoring error" favoring Simon was discovered. He defended the title four times against Kevin Lueshing, Enrique Areco, Rodney Jones and Wayne Alexander. He later captured the WBO Middleweight title against Sweden's Armand Krajnc in a unanimous 12-round decision. In 2002 Simon was involved in a serious car accident, sustaining injuries that prevented his defending his title; because of this he was stripped of the belt. Simon returned to boxing in March 2007, winning an eight round decision over Stephen Nzuemb, in Namibia. He won a fight against Tanzanian Rashid Mutumla by knockout on 2 December 2010. Following his release from jail in 2009, Simon launched a comeback, recording several wins over journeyman opposition.


LIKE FATHER LIKE SON

On November 24, 2018, ex-champion Harry Simon Sr and son Harry Simon Jr. made boxing history in Namibia for becoming the first father-and-son boxers to appear together on a Namibian professional boxing card together as well as to win their respective bouts. Harry Simon Sr., 31-0, returning at cruiserweight in only his second ring appearance in five years, scored a first-round stoppage win over Kaminja Ramadhan after knocking him down. His son, super lightweight Harry Simon Jr., scored a second-round stoppage of Meshack Kondwani earlier on the nine-bout card at Ramatex Hall in Windhoek, Namibia.

OFF THE RING

Simon was involved in two serious car accidents resulting in fatalities. The latest one, in late 2002, also saw him seriously injured and eventually sent to jail. Three Belgian tourists - two adults and a baby - died in the collision with Simon's Mercedes-Benz at Langstrand in November 2002. On 5 August 2005, Simon was given a two-year jail sentence, after he was found guilty of "culpable homicide" stemming from the November 2002 car accident, which resulted in the deaths of the three people. On 9 July 2007, Simon began serving his two-year prison sentence for culpable homicide after losing the appeal of his 2005 conviction. Simon did not call any witnesses or testify in his own behalf during the appeal proceedings, and his conviction and sentence were not overturned. He was released in 2009. 

PROFESSIONAL BOXING RECORD
Summary (31 Fights)

  • Win: 31 
  • Knockout: 23 
  • Decision: 8  
  • Draws: 0 
  • Losses: 0
Harry Simon won about 9 WBO titles include the IBF International Light Heavyweight title.




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