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