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22 DECEMBER 2014

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Lovemore Ndou Wins IBO Welterweight World Title


Lovemore Ndou
Lovemore Ndou

By Paul Upham: Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou calls himself ‘old school’ and he proved at the age of 37 he still has something to offer, by winning the IBO welterweight boxing world title on Saturday night with a unanimous points decision win over Phillip “Time Bomb” Ndou at the Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa

Two boxers with the same last name, but who are no family relation, a high workrate and body attack early in the fight from Lovemore Ndou 47-11-1 (31) pushed the come-backing Phil Ndou 32-4 (31) to his limits as the rounds flew by.

The three judges scored the fight for Lovemore Ndou 116-112, 115-113 and 117-111.

This was a coming home fight of sorts for Ndou. Born in Transvaal, South Africa, he moved his family to Sydney in the 1990’s and is an Australia citizen. He won the vacant IBF junior welterweight world title against Naoufel Ben Rabah in February 2007, only to lose it in his next fight to Paulie Malignaggi. A rematch with Malignaggi was held on the May 24 Ricky Hatton-Juan Lazcano card in Manchester. Ndou disputed the split points decision defeat he received heatedly, after having to deal with Malignaggi’s crazy hair extensions during the match.



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