Ramabolu, Ndombassy face off in humdinger

France Ramabolu during his WBF title fight against Stanic Apuno of DRC in this file photo.
France Ramabolu during his WBF title fight against Stanic Apuno of DRC in this file photo.
Image: SANDILE NDLOVU

The long-awaited shoot-out between France "Fighting Time" Ramabolu and Cristiano "The Warrior of Faith" Ndombassy is finally on.

Free State boxing promoter Lebo Mahoko has made it possible for the two boxers to finally settle their score inside the ring.

Ramabolu, from Virginia in Free State, and Cape Town-based Angolan Ndombassy, have been at each other's throats for quite some time.

It actually got to boiling point in May when Ndombassy fought George Mdluli from KZN at the Portuguese Hall in the south of Johannesburg.

Ramabolu was rooting for Mdluli to win.

Ndombassy stopped Mdluli in the first round and improved to eight knockouts in nine wins against two losses.

When Ndombassy walked back to the dressing rooms, Ramabolu confronted him and they exchanged verbal barbs.

Mahoko, like American legendary boxing promoter Don King, saw an opportunity of what could be a humdinger of a boxing fight.

The shrewd promoter - voted BSA's 2016 most promising promoter of the year - quickly acquired their signatures.

Ramabolu and Ndombassy will fight for the vacant IBF Africa junior middleweight title at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein next Friday night.

Ramabolu, who last fought in October when he stopped Xolani Mvubu in the sixth round for the WBF International title, has nine wins in 12 fights.

The 12-rounder between Ramabolu and Ndombassy will headline Dream Team's tournament which Mahoko dubbed "Fight for Mandela Explosion".

Mahoko has included a female bout between recently crowned SA bantamweight female champion Melissa "Honey Bee" Miller from Eldorado Park against Sindiswa Ncube, the Johannesburg-based Zimbabwean, over eight rounds.

Prince Ndlovu and Thembani Mabangatha will do battle over eight rounds in the featherweight division, while Doctor Ntsele and Saul Hlongwane will meet in the junior featherweight class over six rounds.

Action begins at 5pm.

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