DANGER signs are flashing for junior lightweight champion Sipho "Tsunami" Taliwe - Phillip "Time Bomb" Ndou is coming down to that weight division.
Ndou literally ended careers in that weight category before poor health forced him into premature retirement in 2004.
He warned yesterday, prior to his eight-rounder against Zimbabwean Ali Phiri tomorrow, that he would drop down to the junior lightweight division.
His fight tomorrow, one of the must-see bouts on the Branco Sports Promotions' bill at Wembley Arena, will be in the junior welterweight division.
It will be Ndou's third fight since he came out of retirement late last year. He blasted Richard Drilzane in five rounds in his first comeback bout but found battle-scarred warrior Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou too strong and cunning in the IBO welterweight title fight in July.
Phillip could not hurt Lovemore, who punished him at will in their 12-rounder.
"I am taking my weight down step by step," Phillip said yesterday. "I was stronger in the junior lightweight division."
He ruled with iron fists as WBC International and WBU champion. That is where he outclassed, overpowered and outwitted Cassius "Hitman" Baloyi over 12 energy-sapping rounds for the specially designed Pound-for-Pound belt.
That fight, which Phillip won by a wide margin, was voted Fight of the Year in 2001.
Phillip found Floyd Mayweather too strong at lightweight and surrendered in seven rounds for the WBC belt in 2003.
Ndou will be ushered to battle by trainers Vuyani and Dudu Bungu tomorrow night.