race for ndou

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Top boxing promoters are probably having sleepless nights pondering how to win the race to sign Phillip Ndou.

The skeletal, good looking former boxing star from Thohoyandou in Limpopo was the fighter to watch until he retired in 2004 due to a cyst in the brain.

Now Ndou, 31, nicknamed "Time Bomb" for his explosive and crippling power which left 30 of his 31 victims gasping for air, wants Boxing SA to renew his boxing licence.

Fight analyst on SABC's Blow by Blow boxing programme revealed last weekend that he had done all the required tests and the results came back clean.

"I submitted all the paperwork at BSA. I have already had a couple rounds of sparring and I am getting stronger by the day," he warned.

Loyiso Mtya, director of operations of BSA, confirmed receiving Ndou's medical results but said Ndou's future was in the hands of Boxing SA doctors Peter Ngatane and Peter Chadderton.

Meanwhile, celebrated boxing mentor Nick Durandt opened a new chapter in his planned biography. The assertive trainer was last weekend expelled from the ringside during the national junior lightweight title fight.

His fighter Godfrey Nzimande was defending his title against Jasper Seroka when referee Sazi Xamlashe told Durandt in no uncertain terms to leave during the 12th and final round.

Referees here do not talk to journalists, especially if there is a controversy, and this time was no exception. Even Mtya refused to comment.

But the action continued in the ring and the two bosom friends and neighbours from Namakgale in Phalaborwa, Limpopo gave a good account of themselves.

In the end the title exchanged hands as Seroka was crowned via an unanimous points decision: 118-109, 116-111 and 117-110.