Philip Ndou vs Lovemore
Ndou on July 11
Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves and Arthur
Pelullo's Banner Promotions will present a sensational fight card on
Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Emperors Palace, located at 64 Jones
Street in Kempton Park, South Africa. Featured fights will be
televised live on Supersport. The main event, scheduled for 12 rounds,
will match Philip "Time Bomb" Ndou, 32-3 with 31 knockouts against
former IBF jr. welterweight world champion Lovemore "Black Panther"
Ndou, 46-11-1 with 31 knockouts.. They are not related. The fight is
an IBO welterweight elimination bout, with the winner to face Matthew
Hatton for the IBO welterweight world title.
A former world title challenger at lightweight, Philip, now 32 years
old, returned to the ring for the first time in almost five years on
MARCH 14 in St. Quentin, France, and TKO'd Rachid Drilzane in the
Before his retirement, Philip was considered South Africa's top
fighter "Pound for Pound." He was voted South Africa's "2001 Boxer of
the Year," and his fight against Cassius Baloyi in November, 2001, was
voted South Africa's "2001 Fight of the Year." He also represented
South Africa in the 1996 Olympics.
Lovemore, now 37 years old, won the IBF jr. welterweight world title
with an eleventh-round TKO against Naoufel Ben Rabah in MARCH,
2007. He lost the title in his first defense by 12 round unanimous
decision against Paulie Malignaggi in four months later in June.
Lovemore lost a 12 round split decision in the rematch against
Malignaggi in May, 2008.
In the co-featured bout, South African bantamweight champion Simpiwe
Vetkeya, 20-1 with 12 knockouts, of Duncan City, South Africa, will
face Eric Barcelona, 47-15-4 with 17 knockouts, of Valencia City,
Philippines, for the vacant IBO bantamweight title.
Vetkeya, now 28 years old, won the South African title in MARCH,
2005, and has made nine successful title defenses. He challenged
Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC bantamweight world title in May, 2007, but
lost a 12 round unanimous decision.
Barcelona is the Philippine Boxing Federation bantamweight champion.
Now 27 years old, he won the title in MARCH, 2008, and has made
seven successful title defenses. He has won four fights in a row since
his last loss in August, 2008.
In a battle of South African prospects scheduled for 10 rounds,
lefthanded Tommy "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen, 9-0 with 9 knockouts, will
battle Jared "The Storm" Lovett, 8-0 with 8 knockouts, for the vacant
IBO Youth light heavyweight title. Lovett was South Africa's "2008
Prospect of the Year."
2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, 4-0 with 4 knockouts, of
Providence, Rhode Island, will be featured in a four-round bout
against an opponent to be announced. Andrade is co-promoted by Joe
DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Art Pelullo's Banner Promotions, and is
considered by many to the top prospect from the 2008 U.S. Olympic
More exciting bouts will complete the card. All bouts subject to
change without notice.
The first fight starts at 8:00 P.M. (local time)
The first fight televised live on Supersport starts at 10:00 P.M.