Pack­ing a punch

Neo is fight­ing against more than just his boxing op­po­nent.

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The truth is out and boxer Neo’s (Mpho Sebeng) mom Masindi (Florence Masebe) can’t hide any longer. In the fi­nal episode of te­len­ov­ela Ring Of Lies (2016) on Thurs­day 28 July, loose ends will be tied up dur­ing Neo’s boxing match with Kabelo (Bo­hang Moeko), but can fans ex­pect a knock­out blow in the ring?

GUILTY PARTY

Masindi never wanted Neo to box as it would re­mind her too much of his real dad, the love of her life and Neo’s new coach Mandla (Ma­soja Msiza). In­stead, she told ev­ery­one that her hus­band Tha­belo (Sello Mot­loung) was Neo’s dad. “She feels guilty for ly­ing about who Neo’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther is,” says Florence. “And she’s an­gry at her­self for not sup­port­ing her son.” To try fix things with her son, Masindi takes wheel­chair-bound Tha­belo to Joburg to watch Neo’s big fight. But that’s not the only fight in the fam­ily: Tha­belo and Masindi are on speak­ing terms, but things are rocky. “She hopes to be for­given be­cause she car­ries great guilt on her shoul­ders,” ex­plains Florence.

BUSY MIND

While this is go­ing on, Neo is meant to be pre­par­ing for his fight, but he’s had other things on his mind. Like the fact that he now knows that Sli (Di­neo Nch­a­be­leng), whom he’s in love with, isn’t his step­sis­ter – turns out Mandla’s wife Ruth (Baby Cele) stole Sli when her own baby died. “When he found out that they were brother and sis­ter, he was dev­as­tated,” Mpho ex­plains. “But now that they aren’t re­lated, Neo is ready to fight to get Sli back.” The other mat­ter weigh­ing on Neo’s mind is Mandla, and Mpho says that “Neo feels be­trayed by his mom. He is con­fused about Mandla be­ing his real fa­ther. To Neo, Tha­belo will al­ways be his fa­ther”.

IN THE RING

Neo and his mom Masindi have had a rough time, phys­i­cally and men­tally. And all of this per­sonal drama has af­fected Neo’s fight plans. He takes an in­stant blow from his op­po­nent and hits the can­vas. Neo is knocked out, ly­ing in the cen­tre of the ring as his life flashes be­fore his eyes. “Neo sees him­self tak­ing knocks from a young age. He sees him­self al­ways need­ing to prove him­self wor­thy to his fam­ily. He sees him­self wor­ship­ping his boxing idol Kabelo and then he sees him­self claim­ing vic­tory and win­ning the fight against Kabelo,” ex­plains Mpho. “Af­ter he wins in his dreams, he makes peace with his two fa­thers and with him­self.” And be­fore the ref can count him out, Neo rises to his feet and pre­pares for the fight of his life…

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