Nomeva vows to up his game in home town

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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.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

UN­CON­VINC­ING Xolisani Ndon­geni (left) blocks a right hook from Mzonke Fana dur­ing their pre­vi­ous clash at Em­per­ors Palace

PHOTO: SI­JUTA PRO­MO­TIONS

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