Pundits worry over health of Philip Ndou

THE end result of the fight between Philip "Time Bomb" Ndou and Lovemore Ndou on July 11 is not of major concern, but Philip's health afterwards is paramount.

This is because there are concerns and mostly questions regarding his recovery from the cyst on the brain which forced him to hang up his gloves four years ago.

"I was informed by a neurologist that Philip must retire with immediate effect. He was in the prime of his career.

"Since the day he retired, Philip had no operations, and now there is nothing wrong with him," said his former trainer Nick Durandt.

"Don't get me wrong, Philip has all my blessings. I know what he lost in those four years but I find it strange that all is well now just like that."

Philip is now with trainer Michele Castelan, who will master the corner with Welcome Ncita when he takes on Lovemore (no relation) on July 11 for the IBO welterweight belt at Emperors Palace.

"I appreciate concerns from people who love me but they don't need to worry because I have God on my side," said Philip, who added that "God would not have allowed me to make a comeback if he was going abandon me on my big night".

Philip said prayer helped him along. "God healed the cysts," he said.

Philip's faith is comprehensive. Whether one doubts it or not, the man says: "Be at Emperors Palace on July 11 and you will see the light inside the ring and God will be making his presence."

Lovemore "The Black Panther" has been active since he turned professional in 1993. He has fought best names in the world, including Shamba Mitchell and Miguel Angel Cotto.

Lovemore, who emigrated to Australia 15 years ago, was awarded the IBF junior lightweight title in 2007. Ricky Hatton, then champion, refused to defend against him.

Lovemore lost that belt the same year to American Paul Malignaggi. Lovemore, with 46 wins (31 KOs) and 11 wins, was quoted by Fightnews as saying: "I can't wait to shut Phillip's mouth."