Time Bomb vows to give Memela a tough run

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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.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

BANG ON Ntuthuko Memela (right) in ac­tion against Luyanda Jako

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