mwelase gets a shot at lovemore

BONGANI Mwelase, the sleeping giant of South African boxing, will challenge reigning IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou in September.

BONGANI Mwelase, the sleeping giant of South African boxing, will challenge reigning IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou in September.

Golden Gloves Promotions boss promoter Rodney Berman announced yesterday that this blowout will take place at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni.

The two boxers have all the hallmarks to make this contest the fight of the year.

Ndou, the naturalised Australian, is a seasoned campaigner in the ring and has faced the best boxers in the world.

The former IBF champion has 47 wins (31 KOs), 11 defeats and two draws, while Mwelase, who still has to fight credible opponents, is undefeated after 14 victories (12 KOs).

Ndou is trained by Harold Volbrecht when fighting in South Africa, while Mwelase is guided by Johnny du Plooy.

Mwelase and Ndou have been inactive for a while, with the former having last fought in August when he won the WBF junior middleweight belt against Attila Kovacs.

Ndou, on the other hand, last donned boxing gloves in November when he defended the IBO title against Matthew Hatton in the UK.

He won the title in July last year after his emphatic win over Phillip "Time Bomb" Ndou.

Time is rapidly running out for Lovemore and Mwelase, but mostly for the latter who, at 27, has yet to achieve his full potential.

Mwelase will best be remembered for the brutal fight that he won on points over Lucky "Babawazo" Lewele for the SA and WBC International welterweight belts in 2007.

To spice up the September tournament, Berman has included Jason Bedeman against Zolani Marali.

This is another potential cracker.

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