LOVEMORE "Black Panther" Ndou did not live up to his promise to expose Matthew Hatton as "a donkey that does not belong in the same stable as racehorses".
The straight-talking South African expatriate could only manage a draw with Hatton at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke on Trent, England, on Friday night.
The draw saw Ndou, a naturalised Australian who has graduated as a lawyer, retain his IBO welterweight title.
Judges scored the fight 115-114 for Ndou, 115-114 for Hatton and 114-114, which was the decider.
That was Ndou' s first defence of the title he won on points in July against Philip "Time Bomb" Ndou (no relation) at Emperors Palace.
A lot was expected back home after Ndou compared himself to a horse that would expose Hatton as a donkey. But the fight failed to live up to expectations.
He tried his utmost best in their topsy-turvy contest but could not beat Hatton comprehensively.
There were no knockdowns and credit should go to Ndou, who at 38 stood on his feet for 12 rounds against a young and energetic 28-year-old challenger.
The IBO strap might not be the most prestigious belt but given the level many people predicted Hatton would reach in his career, it is certainly an accolade that would have meant a lot to him.
A rematch is a possibility but Ndou made it clear that it would have to be held in South Africa. Ndou, who had veteran trainer Harold Volbrecht in his corner, added the second draw to his illustrious career.
The former IBF junior welterweight holder has 47 wins (31 KOs) and 11 losses, while Hatton also registered the same number of draws.
He has 37 wins (14 KOs) and four defeats.