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Ndongeni aims for rousing introduction

By Bongani Magasela | Oct 11, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Former IBO lightweight champion Xolisani "Nomeva" Ndongeni has promised to sting Ismael "The Tiger" Barosso into a state of stupor in what he says will be a rousing introduction to the American fight public.

Ndongeni, 25, will face the 33-year-old Venezuelan in a non-title 10-rounder in California on November 4.

"I saw Ismael against Anthony Crolla [then WBA lightweight champion] and he is tough. But to be the greatest; you must beat the best," the charismatic fighter said.

"This will be my first fight outside SA. I will be ready. This is a big step which I am willing to take. I am excited."

Ndongeni held the SA and WBF International junior lightweight, SA, IBO International and WBA Pan African lightweight belts.

The boxer from Duncan Village in the Eastern Cape is rated No 2 by the WBA rankings committee which has placed Barosso in the seventh spot.

Barosso is described as a brain-scrambling left-hander with an aggressive disposition.

Ndongeni, who is trained in Johannesburg by Colin Nathan, last saw action in April when he blasted Emilio Nofart from Tanzania in less than two minutes in East London.

That was Ndongeni's third stoppage win under Nathan whom he joined last year after parting ways with Mzamo Njekanye who guided the boxer to 17 straight wins.

Nathan has given Ndongeni three wins, including the IBO strap he forfeited recently due to failure to defend within the specified period.

Meanwhile, Barosso tasted defeat against Crolla in the UK in May. The Englishman stopped Barosso in the seventh round. Barosso has 19 wins, with 18 knockouts and two draws.

Ndongeni's promoter Rodney Berman was quoted saying: "Barroso comes to fight and Nomeva will have to deal with that. The US market is flooded with outsiders all looking to make their mark. It won't be enough for him to merely win. He will have to do so with class and in a manner that makes Americans sit up and take notice."


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