Ndou velebrates victory in South Africa
By Lwazi Ndzobongo at ringside: Lovemore Ndou retained his IBO Welterweight title on Saturday night by defeating Bongani Mwelase via 12 round split points decision.
The judge’s scorecards read 117-112, 115-113 and 113-115 for the experienced Ndou here at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa.
Ndou started the fight faster, depriving the taller Mwelase of any space and countered excellently whilst hitting the body well in the first half of the fight. Mwelase seemed happy landing the odd punch and was being beaten to the punch throughout the fight.
In the second half of the fight, Mwelase did start throwing more punches but still Ndou was starting and ending the rounds busier than the challenger.
Neither fighter was hurt throughout this encounter and Ndou showed great strength and fitness to keep up with his younger opponent who also looked like he was banking on Ndou not being able to keep up with the pace. At the end of the fight, Ndou was the deserving victor and Mwelase should have thrown more punches to have had any chance of taking the title from Ndou.
Ndou improved to 48-11-2 (31) and showed that there is no substitute for experience and that he still has a lot in the tank. Mwelase suffered his first defeat as a professional and only has himself to blame, he drops to 14-1(12).
On the undercard, Flo Simba showed why he is being spoken of so highly on the local fight scene by knocking out Isaac Ankrah in the first round. It was a left hook to Ankrah’s head that ended the bout at 02.51 seconds of the first round. Simba improves to 7-0(6), while Ankrah drops to 11-4 (7).
Gideon Buthelezi proved too good for Julius Alcos, beating the Philippine boxer by scores of 99-90, 98-92 and 97-91. This fight was initially scheduled to be a title fight but was later turned into a catch weight fight after Alcos failed to make the weight. Alcos didn’t prove to be much of a boxer in the ring either as he clowned around while Buthelezi dished out a boxing lesson of note on him, he was lucky it went the fool distance. Buthelezi retains his IBO straw weight title and improved to 11-2 (4).
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