v12, time BOMB in top form

PHILLIP "Time Bomb" Ndou and Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka are in the right frame of mind to win IBO titles on Saturday night.

PHILLIP "Time Bomb" Ndou and Simphiwe "V12" Vetyeka are in the right frame of mind to win IBO titles on Saturday night.

Their manager, Butyiti Konki, says he has created a conducive climate for success.

"It's up to them to fight and win," Konki said.

Phillip will fight Lovemore "The Black Panther" Ndou for the welterweight belt while Vetyeka and Eric Barcelona of the Philippines will clash for the bantamweight strap.

Trainer Welcome Ncita and his assistant Michele Castellan will usher Phillip and Vetyeka to war while Harold Volbrecht will be in Lovemore's corner.

The two IBO title fights, plus the IBO youth light heavyweight championship bout between Thomas Oosthuizen and Jared Lovett, will be staged by Golden Gloves.

"You saw Philip and Simphiwe in gym last week - they are happy because they are well looked after," said Konki before revealing that his charges' purse was around R250000.

"But they won't smell it. It will go straight into their bank accounts.

"Each fighter will get a bonus of R40000. We had great fighters here [in South Africa] like Welcome Ncita, the celebrated former IBF world champion, the first IBF champion from South Africa, who has nothing financially.

"For as long as I am involved with Phillip and Vetyeka, I will take charge of their finances. That is why I want them to be present during negotiations of their purse. Mind you, the 25percent managerial fee does not come to me. I am not into boxing for money but to do what Patrice Motsepe does for football: raise the bar. I want Vetyeka and Phillip to fight and win. But there is no pressure."

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