Despite suffering an unexpected defeat already in his third pro outing, 20-year-old Simon “Hitman” Ngoma, 6-1 (4), is by many considered one of the most promising Zambian prospects on the scene.
On March 28 in his home-town Lusaka, in a classic youth vs. experience match-up, he takes on former Tanzanian champion Sadiki Momba, 27-10-3 (12), for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Lightweight title.
The fight will be the main event of a card promoted by Exodus Boxing Academy, and is expected to be another tough test for the young hope.
When, at only eighteen, Ngoma lost on points to former Zambian national titlist Peter Pambeni (10-3-1) in March of 2018 he was not ready for the step-up.
Since then he has rebounded well and passed all tests, including victories against Tatenda Paradza (1-0), Ndodana Ncube (5-0) and Israel Kammwamba (11-5-1).
Time will tell if he is now ready for another step-up in class against Momba (31), who is coming off two victories and is full of confidence that he can take the up-and-comer man to school.
Ngoma has won his last three fights by knockout, all in the third round, and will be looking to also get rid of Momba in quick time.