is a professional boxer
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in the super welterweight (154 lb
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As an amateur Simon represented Namibia as a welterweight at the 1992 Summer Olympics
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in Barcelona, Spain. His result was:
- Lost to Aníbal Acevedo
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(Puerto Rico) 11-13
Simon turned pro in 1994 and won the WBO Light Middleweight Title in 1998 by defeating Winky Wright
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. He defended it four times against Kevin Lueshing, Enrique Areco, Rodney Jones
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and Wayne Alexander
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. He later captured the WBO Middleweight title against Sweden's Armand Krajnc
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in a 12 round unanimous decision. Nicknamed "The Terminator" he is still undefeated, but was stripped of the belt for failing to defend after beating Krajnc in 2002.
Outside the Ring
Simon was involved in a car accident in late 2002, and was seriously injured. Three Belgian tourists - two adults and a baby - died in the collision with Simon's Mercedes-Benz at Langstrand in November 2002. He was earlier involved in another car accident that saw two people killed. On August 5, 2005, Simon was given a two-year jail sentence after he was found guilty of "culpable homicide
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" stemming from the November 2002 car accident that resulted in the deaths of the three people
Return to the Ring
Simon returned to boxing in March 2007, winning an eight round decision over Stephen Nzuemb, in Namibia. He won a fight against Tanzanian Rashid Mutumla by knockout on 2 December 2010.
On July 9, 2007, Simon began serving his two year prison sentence for culpable homicide after losing the appeal of his 2005 conviction. Simon did not call any witnesses nor testify in his own behalf during the appeal proceedings, and his conviction and sentence were not overturned.
Following his release from jail Simon launched a comeback, recording back-to-back wins over journeyman opposition. He is due to fight Congolese boxer, Ilunga Makabu, in Windhoek on September 30th 2011 for the lightly-regarded World Boxing Federation (WBF) light-heavyweight title.