Nomeva vows to up his game in home town
Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni has promised his fans a megafight in his first international match-up. He faces Argentina’s Carlos Roberto Rodriguez.
They will meet over 10 rounds in the lightweight division at the Orient Theatre in East London on September 4.
The 26-year-old Mount Frere-born Ndongeni produced an unimpressive performance against Mzonke Fana, winning by split-points decision during their World Boxing Association Pan African title fight at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, two months ago.
Ndongeni, who is being groomed to be the country’s best lightweight fighter since Dingaan “The Rose” Thobela, was disappointing, with a poor punching rate throughout the fight.
He was also on the retreat for most of the time, even though he managed to score more points than his foe.
Ndongeni was widely castigated by the majority of his fans for not being in the right frame of mind.
He conceded he had not been at his best against Fana, but vowed to make up for that, particularly as he will be fighting in front of his home town fans in East London.
He says he will be on top of his game against Rodriguez (37), who has chalked up a professional record of 11 wins in 21 fights.
“I’m aware that I disappointed my fans a lot with a poor performance against Fana. But I have worked on my mistakes and will give it my best shot this time around,” said Ndongeni, who is undefeated in 18 professional fights.
This will also be an emotional return to East London for Nomeva, as he will be fighting in his home town for the first time since March, when he headed to Johannesburg to join forces with trainer Colin Nathan.
“Fighting in front of my home fans once again will encourage me to do better than during the previous fight.”
He beat Patrick Malinga on points at the Orient Theatre last August to win the then vacant International Boxing Organisation international crown.
UNCONVINCING Xolisani Ndongeni (left) blocks a right hook from Mzonke Fana during their previous clash at Emperors Palace
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