Namibia’s Harry Simon Jr. will take a major step up in class when he faces South Africa’s Jabulani Makhense on Saturday, March 21.
Simon, 11-0 (9 KOs), son of the legendary former world champion Harry Simon Sr., will travel to enemy territory as the bout will take place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Makhense (9-0 4 KOs) is the WBA Africa and IBF International 140-pound champion. He’s considered a rising star in South Africa – such a battle between undefeated prospects in boxing is rare. Nevertheless, MTC Sunshine promoter/trainer Nestor Tobias is excited about what lies ahead for his charge, Simon Jr.
“This is a huge opportunity for him to make a name for himself,” said Tobias. “He is going to face a tough and tricky opponent fighting at home, but I have confidence that he can get away with a win. It will not be easy, but he is a born champion, he is committed, he is skillful and I cannot wait for him to show the world what he is made of.
“We are excited about this fight and we will shock everybody at the Emperors Palace when he steps into the ring on the eve of Namibia’s 30th Independence celebrations, what a special occasion it will be.”
Simon (pictured left) echoed those sentiments. “What an amazing opportunity to get such a big fight after 11 fights under the MTC Nestor Sunshine Promotions. I know I made the right choice when I joined them. I know this is a big test, the biggest fight of my career to date but I am ready for this challenge and an opportunity I have been waiting all my life. I will be bringing the two belts home and become the champion I was destined to be.”