Time Bomb vows to give Memela a tough run
Phillip “The Time Bomb” Ndou says he is looking forward to his fight against the far younger Ntuthuko Memela at Kibler Park’s Recreation Centre in Johannesburg on February 26, despite the withdrawal of an earlier opponent.
Ndou was scheduled to trade punches with Jonas Segu for the vacant International Boxing Federation Continental Africa welterweight title at the same venue this coming Friday, but the Tanzanian was withdrawn from the bout after his failure to produce an authentic medical report.
Memela was then brought in as a replacement to fight Ndou in the championship bout.
And no one is as pleased about this fight as Ndou himself. He feels he will give a good account of himself against his foe from Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal.
The Thohoyandou, Limpopobased Ndou last fought in August when he knocked out Tanzanian Ramadhani Shauri in four rounds in Thohoyandou.
“I’m looking forward to winning against Memela and boosting my chance of reclaiming my past glory,” said Ndou.
A veteran of 41 professional bouts, the former World Boxing Union champion has been in the ring for a long time, but “the bomb” just keeps ticking, it seems. At the ripe age of 38, Ndou does not entertain any thoughts of retiring.
Among some of the notable opponents he has taken on in a lengthy fistic career is world welterweight kingpin Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr.
Ndou lost that bout through a seventh-round technical knockout in a World Boxing Council lightweight decider at the Van Andel Arena in the US in 2003.
Mayweather, who is the same age as Ndou, hung up his gloves in September after equalling Rocky Marciano’s unblemished record of 49 fights.
Both fighters have a similar fighting style.
Memela (27) has thus far chalked up a professional fight CV of 15 fights (11 wins, two defeats and two draws).
“Look, I may be inexperienced as compared to Ndou,” he admitted, “But I will show him a thing or two. I would like to win the title and enhance my boxing profile,” said Memela.
Memela last threw punches competitively in August when he beat Masixole Mabhutsana on points in a six-round bout in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
BANG ON Ntuthuko Memela (right) in action against Luyanda Jako