Vet­eran plans to win a world ti­tle be­fore hang­ing up his gloves – de­spite a se­ri­ous past

Health scare

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Phillip “Time­bomb” Ndou, who has re­tired from box­ing a num­ber of times, still has a lot to prove in yet another come­back. The for­mer World Box­ing Union su­per feath­er­weight cham­pion swings back into ac­tion to­day af­ter be­ing in­ac­tive for al­most two years.

He meets Tan­za­nian Ra­mad­hani Shauri over 10 rounds in the wel­ter­weight bout at Tho­hoyan­dou Town Hall in Lim­popo.

The 38-year-old Ndou, who has now had 40 pro­fes­sional bouts, last fought in 2013 when he beat Namib­ian Po­hamba Man­dume on points over eight rounds in Wind­hoek, Namibia.

That win marked one of Ndou’s come­back fights since he lost on points to his name­sake Love­more Ndou for the va­cant In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion wel­ter­weight ti­tle at Em­per­ors Palace in Kemp­ton Park in 2009.

Five years ear­lier, in 2004, Time­bomb suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing split-points de­ci­sion de­feat at the hands of Isaac Hlatshwayo for the SA light­weight cham­pi­onship ti­tle at Car­ni­val City in Brak­pan.

Ndou sus­tained a brain in­jury from that fight and was forced to hang up his gloves.

Doc­tors told the fighter at the time that he would never be able to box again due to a brain cyst.

But af­ter a se­ries of tests, Ndou was con­tro­ver­sially de­clared fit to fight again.

In 2003, the Time­bomb had been de­fused by Floyd “Money” May­weather, who stopped him in the sev­enth round of their World Box­ing Coun­cil light­weight ti­tle match-up at Grand Rapids, Michigan, US.

That de­feat dam­aged Ndou’s ca­reer hopes and fu­elled calls for the Lim­popo-born fighter to quit the sport for the sake of his health.

But Ndou firmly be­lieves he is still in good con­di­tion to con­tinue box­ing.

He in­sists he is not past his prime de­spite the bad scare and many bru­tal fights (

“I may have re­tired many times in my ca­reer, For­mer SA ban­tamweight cham­pion re­tired in 1989 af­ter los­ing to Kenny Mitchell for the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) su­per ban­tamweight ti­tle in Puerto Rico. He came back in 1996 and lost to Bheki Dlamini on points in Johannesburg. When he fell on bad times, he sold his SA cham­pi­onship belt (1960-1981) - The for­mer undis­puted world heavy­weight king­pin posted 61 fights in the pro ranks (1992-2008) - The erst­while world su­per wel­ter­weight cham­pion hung up his gloves af­ter 45 fights. He is now a suc­cess­ful box­ing pro­moter

Si­mon Skosana

Muham­mad Ali

Os­car De La Hoya Joe Louis (1934-1951) – The ex-world heavy­weight ti­tle holder fought 69 times An­ton Nel The 45-year-old SA heavy­weight cham­pion has been box­ing since 1992. Re­tired in 2007 and came back in 2010. Last fought in 2013 Din­gaan Thobela Had 56 pro bouts in a con­tro­ver­sial ca­reer dur­ing which he ig­nored calls to re­tire when it was time to do so. Fought as light­weight, wel­ter­weight, mid­dleweight and su­per mid­dleweight

Ge­orge Fore­man

Cor­rie San­ders Com­piled a record of 46 bouts. Won the WBO heavy­weight ti­tle by beat­ing Wladimir Kl­itschko in 2003. Re­tired five years later. Was killed af­ter be­ing shot in a rob­bery in Brits, North West, in 2012

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