|Lajuan Simon Get’s Second Chance At Title!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Sept 7, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
say good guys finish last! Well, former USBA middleweight champion
Lajuan Simon, 23-3-2 (12), of Philadelphia is one of the good guys in
boxing. On October 15th he will challenge WBA champion Gennady Golovkin, 21-0 (18), in the
champions home country of Almaty, Kazakhstan.
2009 Simon lost a close if not disputed decision to IBF champion
Arthur Abraham in Germany. On short notice he returned to Germany 3
months later losing to Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF International
title in an elimination bout for vacant IBF title due to Abraham
moving up to super middleweight. Before the year was out Simon
defended the USBA title he won in 2007 defeating Elvin Ayala in his
2010 after Simon defeated Jose Angel Rodriguez he lost a split
decision to Dionisio Miranda in December of 2010 in his last fight.
Though losing 3 of his last 5 fights Simon’s advisor Dave Escalet
has lined his boxer up for another title shot under the Gary Shaw
banner. Escalet is President of the newly formed Fisticuff
Productions who have recently signed Edgar “Elchamaco” Santana,
the new NABA light welterweight champion. In addition he has
Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence the WBC (CABOFE) champion and No. 1
NABF heavyweight contender. The most recent signings were female
boxers Melissa “Hurican” Hernandez and and Ronica “Queen”
defeated Colombia’s Milton Nunez for the interim title. The bout
took place in Panama. Later in 2010 Golovkin defeated Nelson Julio
Tapia, 14-2-1, in Kazakhstan for the WBA title when Felix Sturm was
recognized as WBA Super champion.
has won his last 8 fights by knockout starting with his first 10
rounder. In his last defense in June he stopped former IBF light
middleweight champion Kassim Ouma in Panama. Golovkin was a junior
world amateur champion in 2000 and a silver medalist in the 2004
Olympics. He depends on his punching power and Simon has not been
stopped in his 27 bouts and had a fine amateur record of his own.
talking with Escalet he had this to say about the upcoming bout:
“Lajuan broke his hand in his last fight in the 7th round and has since had surgery to correct it causing his inactivity
this year. He has had problems making weight up until fight time but
is right on schedule this time. We have added Brian Cohen as his
conditioner and see the difference already. Lajuan is trained by
Wade and Randy Hinnant. He does his training at the Joe Hand Gym in
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