By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (47-11-2, 11 KOs) talked to Fightnews today about his upcoming title fight with Bongan Mwelase (14-0, 12 KOs) on September 18 at The Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Ndou said he is not taking Mwelase cheap as he is a very tall (6′) welterweight and he had been a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist but that he was confident of victory.
“I think both Bongani Mwelase and his trainer, Johnny Du Plooy need a ‘reality check. I read some comments by both Mwelase and Du Plooy on a South African newspaper, Sowetan, and I still cannot believe what I was reading,” Ndou stated.
“Mwelase says that for much of his boxing career he has heard voices urging him to step up the level of his opposition. They have a name for people like that, ‘Psycho.’ And they belong in a mental institution. In that case he needs to think of me as ‘the punishment of God.’ And I’m coming to save him. When I’m done with him he won’t be hearing voices anymore. He will have an epiphany instead.”
“Du Plooy talks about how the fight won’t go the distance. Surely, it will be reminiscence of his fight against Pierre Coetzer or against Corrie Sanders, except this time it will be Mwelase playing his part. (Coetzer KO’d Du Plooy in two rounds and Corrie Sanders KO’d him in one round.) Both trainer and fighter lack discipline and dedication. That was Johnny’s downfall and he is passing it on to his fighter.”
“Apart from lacking discipline, Mwelase also lacks intelligence. I watched some of his fights and every time Du Plooy talks to him, he refers to him as ‘My boy.’ ‘My boy’ is a very derogatory term. The last I checked the definition of the term ‘boy’ in the dictionary it had two meanings that are very derogatory.”
“1. It could mean ‘a young man who lacks maturity, vigour and judgment. It makes you wonder what Du Plooy thinks of the man that pays his wages.”
” 2. In countries like South Africa, Asia or any former colonial states, ‘boy’ is a term used to refer to a ‘Native male servant.’ Is Bongani Mwelase Du Plooy’s servant? The term servant refers to someone employed in domestic duties or someone in the service of another. Is Mwelase in the service of Du Plooy? Does he wash Johnny Du Plooys’s underwear and do his laundry? Does he mop his kitchen floor or do his dishes in the kitchen or maybe do his gardening? Who is working for who? And who is paying who? I will never work with anyone that refers to me as their ‘boy’. That is an insult. If he can call him ‘boy’ on national television, makes you wonder what he calls him behind his back. And on top of that he is paying this person.”
“The way I see it ‘my boy’ is a just a substitute for the more derogatory terms. In South Africa, back in the days of apartheid these people used to get away with calling you a ‘kaffir’ but today they use terms such as ‘my boy’ as a substitute. Used in that way, the term has a racial connotation behind it. Sometimes simply innocent words are used in ways and through channels that give them a different connotation and interpretation. And that’s exactly what is going on here. Why not just call him by his given name if you don’t have a better substitute?”
“What’s so amazing is the fact that there are so many black trainers who train white fighters in South Africa but you will never hear them use such terms when addressing their fighters. In fact most of them refer to their fighters as ‘baba’, which is a Zulu word for ‘father’ or commonly used to refer to any male person as a way of showing respect. Some white trainers use the same term too, so why can’t Du Plooy? Imagine a black trainer referring to his white fighter in the corner as his ‘little honky.’ I bet you nobody would like that.”
“Now you know why I say this kid needs a reality check. And I will give him one when I beat him up on September 18. He can’t even realize that the man that is supposedly honing his ‘fighting skills’ does not even have any respect to call him a ‘man’.”
The former IBF super lightweight champion and current IBO welterweight world champion, who also boasts a degree in Law and a degree in Communications, is set to defend his IBO title against Mwelase on the 18 of September at Emperors Palace in South Africa. The fight is promoted by Golden Gloves Promotions.
Ndou captured the IBO 147 pound title by outpointing Philip Ndou over twelve in July 2009. Mathew Hatton boxed a twelve round draw with Ndou in November 2009. Ndou captured the IBF 140 pound title by stopping Noufel Ben Rabah in eleven rounds in 2007. He has boxed the best including Miguel Cotto in 2004 and Kermit Cintron in 2008. Ndou has been based in Australia since 1996 and recently graduated from Werrington University with a law degree. The promoter is Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Ltd.