The inaugural Homecoming Boxing Fight Series is set to ignite the local boxing scene on Saturday, 13 May, at the Jan Wilken Arena at Walvis Bay.
The series aims to revive the pride of boxing in the region and develop the champions of tomorrow, according to organiser Leonardt Simson.
The event is scheduled to take place twice a year, and will showcase talented fighters from the amateur to professional ranks.
According to Simson, who recently held a media briefing, the event is “a history in the making” as it intends to create opportunities for local fighters and inspire a new generation of champions.
The first volume of Homecoming, titled ‘Simon Homecoming’, will feature Harry Simon Jr, the son of the legendary two-time WBO world champion Harry Simon, who remains one of the top five African fighters of all time.
Harry Simon Jr will participate in his first professional fight in his hometown, leading the main event – a 10-round international bout. With 18 wins and zero losses, Simon Jr is on a quest to become the first son of a champion to become a world champion himself.
The event will also showcase a special legends exhibition bout featuring Simon Jr’s father, Simon, who holds the title of the longest-serving undefeated champion over 25 years.
In addition to the main event, the co-main event will be a six-round bout featuring Divas Ushona, recently crowned the best overall fighter at the Namibian National Championships.
Ten professional fights will take place on 13 May, including bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, heavyweight, and welterweight bouts.
“We actually encourage corporations to come on board so that we can host the event every year,” he said, adding that the harbour town’s municipality has already pledged N$20 000 to support the event.
Simson also highlighted the positive impact of the Homecoming series on the community, stating that the event helps to keep youth off the streets and away from criminal activities.
“The Homecoming series will not only develop future boxing champions but also empower club members and create a sense of unity and pride in Walvis Bay,” he said.