HARRY Simon believes Wilberforce Shihepo is better suited to wrestling and lacks the necessary boxing attributes to fight him.
Shihepo – the current Interim WBO Africa super-middleweight champion – called out Simon in June, claiming his compatriot’s first-round TKO victory over Ruben Groenewald of South Africa was a hoax and that the former two-time middleweight world champion was over the hill.
However, Simon feels Shihepo is no match for him and that his wannabe adversary has much to learn.
“He’s like a wrestler. Boxing is more than just muscles. He’s a small boy and I’m a world-class fighter,” said Simon.
“Who is Shihepo? What has he done? How can that boy just come and jump the line? Maybe [I will consider] Meroro.”
Simon, who wants to fight American legend Roy Jones Jr later this year, also said Shihepo’s record is not particularly impressive. Renowned for his brute strength, Shihepo has 17 wins – of which 14 are knockouts – and six defeats.
He is ranked 13th in the world by the WBO.
In his last fight on January 14, he beat Janos Olah of Hungary on a first-round technical knockout when the referee stopped the fight after only two minutes and 27 seconds.
He won the Interim WBO Africa super-middleweight title in March 2011 when he beat Donald Kampamba on a ninth-round TKO.
Since then Shihepo has defended the title twice, beating Sunday Ajuwa of Nigeria on a second-round KO on September 24 and Johannes Pietersen of South Africa on a fifth-round technical knockout on November 5.
He has won his last five fights while his last defeat came against Emmanuel Duma in May 2009 when he was disqualified for hitting Duma with a late blow after he had knocked his rival down to the canvas.
“In my career I’ve beaten ten guys who have never fought after that. I don’t want to hurt this boy and ruin his career,” Simon said.
“It’s OK that he has shown interest in fighting me but he must wait for me to maybe lose three fights and he wins ten straight fights, then I can consider him.”
By: Sheefeni Nikodemus