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Namibia's Simon claims IBF belt

Namibian veteran Harry Simon is now the IBF international light-heavyweight champion.

The former WBO light-middleweight and middleweight champion boxed his way to an impressive and unanimous points victory over Geard Ajetovic of Serbia in Windhoek on Saturday night to take over the vacant title.

The scores were 117-111 on two cards and 116-113.

The 41-year-old Simon, who weighed 79.25 kg, looked decidedly fleshy around the middle but was too clever for the 32-year-old Ajetovic, who came in at 78.55 kg.

The Serbian never really got into the fight and battled to get past Simon’s left jab. The hometown hero kept scoring with stinging combinations to the head.

The shorter Ajetovic, who fights out of Prescot in England, holds the WBO European super-middleweight title. He probably won three rounds when Simon, who paced himself well, took it easy at times.

Simon, who fought at the Olympic Games in Spain in 1992, is undefeated after 29 professional fights since 1994. He won 21 inside the distance. He won the WBO light-middleweight title in 1998 when he beat the previously highly rated Winky Wright.

Ajetovic dropped to 23-9-1, with 11 shortcut wins. The referee was Simon Xamlashe of South Africa.


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