By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It’s not likely to push Gatti-Ward or Ali-Frazier out of the top-ten of boxing’s top trilogies, but prepare yourself for Molitor-Ndlovu III. Should IBF super-bantamweight champion Steve Molitor get by Jason Booth next Saturday September 11, he’ll be obligated to meet Takalani Ndlovu once again. Molitor stopped the South African in the 8th round in 2008 and recaptured the belt with a twelve round decision this past March. “Who in the hell wants that fight?” said Molitor’s promoter Allan Tremblay. Ndlovu moved into the mandatory position last night with a win over fellow countryman Jeffrey Mathebula with a close (on two scorecards anyway). With the hopes that the bout was somehow for the vacant number two position within the IBF and that Ndlovu would somehow have another step before completing the trifecta, Tremblay confirmed the bad news. “God no, I wish I could tell you that was the case, unfortunately though it was for the mandatory position.”
It is doubtful that the fight could be played out in Molitor’s boxing home of Casino Rama where the Sarnia Ontario born fighter has fought his last ten fights.
“I haven’t given it much thought,” said the promoter who will be travelling to England next week for the Booth-Molitor fight. “I dismissed it as possibility; we’d look silly if we tried to sell that as a main event here. Would you go to that fight? Perhaps as part of an undercard in the U.S., maybe in South Africa, I haven’t really had a chance to think about it yet.”