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 Robert 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, with Simon (152¼) starting to open the Englishman up with uppercuts 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.

On winning the WBO middleweight title on 21 July, it was expected that Simon 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. Once that decision was made, Daniel Santos and Luis Ramon Campas were signed up to contest the vacant title.