Harry Simon To Georges Carpentier Connection
By Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media Correspondent
27-0 cruiserweight boxer Harry Simon of Namibia is 41 years old. His career began as an amateur boxer representing Namibia as a welterweight in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Sapin, and later turning pro with a first round knockout of Leon Von Rensburg in South Africa in January 1994. Simon won 16 fights in a row, then won the World Boxing Organization World Light Middleweight title with a 12 round majority decision on Ronald Winky Wright in South Africa in August 1998.
Simon would fight in seven consecutive WBO world championship bouts. Simon defended his WBO Light Middleweight title successfully against Kevin Lueshing, Enrique Areco, Rodney Jones and Wayne Alexander. SImon then beat Hacine Cherifi and Armand Krajnc in World Boxing Organization World Middleweight title bouts.
Simon then vanished from the ring for five years. On August 5, 2005, Simon was found guilty of culpable homicide and was given a two year jail sentence due to a car he was driving which crashed in November 2002 and killed three people. He career appeared over.
In March 2007, though ponderous and out of shape, the hard punching Simon managed to win an eight round decision over 7-0 Stephen Nzuemba in Namibia.
In February 2010, Simon knocked out Daniel Wanyonyi as a light heavyweight in five rounds in Nairobi, Kenya. In December 2010, as a cruiserweight, Simon knocked out Rashid Matumla, a 43 win fighter, in the first round in Namibia.
In June 2012, Simon, age 40, fighting as a 200 1/2 pound heavyweight, stopped Ruben Groenewald, a 23 win fighter, in the first round in Namibia. Thus completed Harry Simon’s transition from amateur welterweight Olympian to full fledged professional heavyweight boxer. I doubt Harry Simon will be fighting any cruiserweight or heavyweight boxing champions in the future. Harry Simon is a forgotten world champion.
Simon is historically significant because he is the first fighter since George Carpentier (AKA The Orchid Man) to crisscross successfully through so many weight classes. Carpentier began as a flyweight at age 14 in 1908, and would eventually fight Gene Tunney for the World Heavyweight title in 1924, being stopped in the fifteenth and final round. Carpenter’s final record was 88-14-6.
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