Ndou beats Ndou at Emperors Palace - by Ron Jackson
There is no doubt the Emperors Palace
has become the Mecca of South African
boxing after playing to two packed houses during the month of July.
On July 11 Phillip Ndou and Lovemore
Ndou clashed for the vacant IBO welterweight
belt and days before the fight the sold out signs were put up. The bumper bill was put together by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.
This was followed up on July 28 when
Jeff Ellis in conjunction with Golden
Gloves Promotions had a complete sellout for his Box and Dine tournament.
Lovemore too experienced
Lovemore Ndou used all his experience to beat Phillip Ndou on points over 12 rounds to win the vacant IBO welterweight belt.
The veteran who is now based in Sydney
won 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111
in a memorable clash. Having only
his second fight since May 2004
Phillip fought like a warrior. However,
it was clear he had taken on
the fight against the experienced
Lovemore too soon.
Phillip, 65.68 kg, and his namesake, who came in at 65.96 kg, wasted no time to turn up the heat after a quiet opening round.
Phillip probably took the second round, and certainly the third, but with Harold Volbrecht in his corner, Lovemore soon proved the value of experience. Keeping his hands close together and attacking to the body, Lovemore began accumulating points in the fourth round. By the fifth round, Phillip’s face was showing signs of puffiness.
The muscular and cagey Lovemore did not look 37 years old. However, the younger Phillip came back to take the seventh round.
A classic left hook stunned
Phillip in the eighth round and a
solid right forced him on to the
ropes. He was in trouble and glad
to here the bell. After taking five
left hooks at the start of the ninth round it seemed to be the beginning of the end for Phillip, but he did well to fight back before the bell.
With his age and the altitude
testing Lovemore’s resources he
did well to dictate the pace of the
fight and to vary his strategy
which gave him the edge and in
the end Lovemore improved his record to 47-11-1, with 31 knockouts, and Phillip dropped to 32-4;31.