2001-02-10 Harry Simon w rsc 5 Wayne Alexander, Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England - WBO

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2001-02-10 Harry Simon w rsc 5 Wayne Alexander, Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England - WBO. Referee: Paul Thomas. Coming in at 24 hours notice for America’s Robbie Allen who pulled out following a dispute over his weight, Alexander (154) made a good start before the champion began to get himself going in the second round. Having taken a cracking right from Alexander that shook him right down to his boots, Simon (152¼) started to open the Englishman up with uppercuts and by the fourth he was ripping in solid body shots. In the fifth, after being floored by hits to the body and a left hook to the jaw, Alexander took the mandatory count before facing Simon again, but when not firing back the referee stopped the contest at 2.43 of the session.

With Simon winning the WBO middleweight title on 21 July, it was expected that he would give up the junior middleweight belt immediately, but, when his win over Hacine Cherifi was later declared to have been for the ‘interim’ title, it was not until November that the championship was officially vacated.