Ndon­geni a thorn in op­po­nents’ sides

He beat toughie Men­dez and wants to walk all over Flana­gan

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Fresh from his im­pres­sive win in his maiden ap­pear­ance in the US, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndon­geni has set his sights on chal­leng­ing Welsh­man Terry Flana­gan for the World Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) light­weight ti­tle.

But the 27-year-old Ndon­geni, who is ranked third by the World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA), said he needed a warm-up fight first against num­ber-two con­tender In­done­sian Daud “Cino” Yor­dan be­fore go­ing for Flana­gan.

Ndon­geni’s wish to gun for Flana­gan’s belt comes af­ter the Dun­can Vil­lage-born boxer’s flaw­less per­for­mance when he out­wit­ted tough Mex­i­can Juan Gar­cía Mén­dez on the way to a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion vic­tory in Corona, Cal­i­for­nia, last Satur­day.

This was Nomeva’s first time in ac­tion out­side South Africa, and his US de­but was or­gan­ised by his US back­ers, Ban­ner Pro­mo­tions.

Flana­gan em­bar­rassed Ndon­geni’s for­mer vic­tim Mzonke Fana dur­ing a unan­i­mous points win in their WBO ti­tle scrap at Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales, in July.

Fana had suf­fered a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion de­feat at the hands of Ndon­geni for the va­cant WBA Pan African ti­tle at Em­per­ors Palace in June last year.

Nomeva, who is un­beaten in 22 fights, said he wanted Flana­gan’s cham­pi­onship belt to prove he was wor­thy of be­ing crowned the WBO king­pin.

“I would like to beat the In­done­sian first and be in the queue to chal­lenge Flana­gan,” the for­mer In­ter­na­tional Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion cham­pion said.

“My aim is to win the WBO crown first and later chal­lenge for the WBA di­a­dem cur­rently held by English­man An­thony Crolla.”

He said he was hop­ing to go back to the US with his lo­cal pro­moter, Rod­ney Ber­man of Golden Gloves, to ne­go­ti­ate his next fight.

Nomeva, who is trained by Colin Nathan in Jo­han­nes­burg, said he was tak­ing a break be­fore go­ing to the Eastern Cape to spend the Christ­mas hol­i­days with his fam­ily.

About last Satur­day’s fight against Men­dez, Ndon­geni said his op­po­nent was tough, but they had planned very well to out­smart the Mex­i­can.

“See­ing that it was our first bout be­fore a US au­di­ence, my trainer Colin in­structed me to put the Mex­i­can un­der pres­sure from the gong, and the strat­egy worked well for us,” he said.

He said it was “nice that the Amer­i­can fans were pleased by my show­ing”.


VIC­TORY Xolisani Ndon­geni at Em­per­ors Palace in June last year af­ter beat­ing Mzonke Fana

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