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Battle-scarred legendary boxer Simon Ramoni said he had been hit with devastating blows throughout his illustrious career, which he took well on the chin.
But the one punch, delivered by doctor Peter Chadderton was so devastating that it ended a career which dates back to 1993, Ramoni said yesterday.
"The doctor said I cannot fight again," he said in anguish.
The former multiple title holder had been ordered to go for a brain scan by Boxing SA prior to his fight with Zolani Tete. The bout had been scheduled for Sunday at Mdantsane's Indoor Centre.
It was a precautionary measure before the 34-year-old Ramoni - whose skills have deteriorated alarmingly - was to fight a potent puncher 14 years his junior.
"Chadderton said his decision was in the best interest of my health. I appreciate it but I did not expect my career to end this way, not when I feel that I can still fight on," he said.
"I am asking for one chance to prove myself. I don't know what to do because boxing is my life."
The "Cheetah" from Toekomsrus started boxing at the age of eight. He won the Transvaal flyweight title in 1990. He says he had about 68 fights and four losses.
Ramoni's first fight in the professional ranks was in 1993 and he won the Transvaal super flyweight belt in 1996 but lost to Patrick Quka for the national bantamweight belt the following year.
Ramoni soldiered on, and won the Transvaal bantamweight belt the following year, but lost to Michael Brodie for the Commonwealth title in 1998.
Like before, Ramoni bounced back, and won the IBO strap from Patrick Mullings. They met again in 2000 in what turned out to be a brutal encounter full of drama.
Ramoni went down twice in the third and fourth rounds while Mullings also hit the deck twice, in the first and third rounds, before retiring going for the eighth round. That fight was voted IBO Fight of 2000.
Danger signs were flashing in his sixth defence of the national super flyweight title against Zolani Mbelekane in 2006 but he managed to stop Mbelekane in seven.
Losses to novices such as Lubabalo Msuthu, Bongani Mahlangu, Mangaliso Dyantyi and Lesley Sekotswe followed.