Ndou set for IBO world title defence
(By Adrian Warren - smh.com.au)
November 9, 2009
IBO welterweight boxing world champion Lovemore Ndou intends to continue Australia's boxing boom by making Englishman Matthew Hatton look like a "donkey" next Friday and setting up a possible superfight with the more famous Hatton brother.
Ndou, 38, will make the first defence of his title against Hatton in the English city of Stoke next Saturday morning Australian time.
Matthew (37-4-1, 14 KOs) is the younger sibling of Ricky Hatton, a former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion and conqueror of Australian legend Kostya Tszyu.
While Ricky has given no indication he will fight again following his devastating knockout loss to Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao last May, Ndou said there was a possibility they could fight in South Africa around the time of next year's Football World Cup.
"Ricky was in South Africa a couple of weeks ago to help promote to this fight (against Matthew) and he made it clear that there is a possibility of him making a comeback," Ndou told AAP from England.
"If a fight with Ricky Hatton happens around the time of the World Cup it would be a big drawcard in South Africa.
"All I'm concentrating on is Matthew Hatton, I don't want to be thinking way ahead.
"I need to beat him up before I can even worry about his brother."
Ndou (47-11-1, 31 KOs), who briefly held the IBF light welterweight world title in 2007, also revealed plans to have his first fight in Australia since MARCH 2007 and hinted at a potential unification bout with another South African born fighter, IBF welterweight title holder Isaac Hlatshwayo.
"I'd like to make a title defence in Australia ... I haven't fought in Australia for a while now, it would be great to get back over and fight in front of my Australian people," Ndou said.
"There is also talk of a unification bout with Isaac Hlatshwayo. It doesn't matter where that happens, but if it happens in South Africa it will be history in the making as there has never been a unification bout there."
Ndou, who has fought tougher opposition than the younger Hatton, said he intended to school the 28-year old Briton.
"I don't think he's anything special. I'm going to expose him next Friday and make him realise he's still a donkey and he doesn't belong in the ring with me," Ndou said.
With another fighter of African origin, Ugandan-born Jackson Asiku winning the IBO featherweight title in Sydney last Friday, Australian based boxers now hold five of that organisation's world title belts.
Asiku and Ndou apart, Danny Green (cruiserweight), Sakio Bika (super-middleweight) and Anthony Mundine (middleweight) also currently own IBO titles.
"I think boxing is booming in Australia. You look at Danny Green, he just won an IBO world title and he's bringing a major fight to Australia when he fights Roy Jones Junior," Ndou said.
While the IBO is younger and less established than the four major boxing organisations, Ndou said the quality of their champions meant they had already established themselves as one of the major global boxing bodies.