By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Clive Franklin
Former two time world champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou (49-13-2, 31 KOs) outscored former IBF champion Gairy “Superman” St Clair (42-12-2, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the IBF Pan Pacific and WBF 147 pound title at the Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia Friday. Ndou controlled the bout in the early rounds as he connected with solid left jabs that set up combinations on his skillful opponent, who continually used every inch of the ring and proved to be a difficult target. Rounds six and seven had the Guyana-born and Australian-based St Clair stepping up the action as he scored with fast combinations. Ndou regained control in round eight but switch hitter St Clair rallied in rounds nine and ten – staying out of trouble with bob and weave tactics. Ndou outworked St Claire in round eleven as he scored with jarring left jabs but once again St Clair gave Ndou problems in the twelth and final stanza with his unorthodox tactics. Referee Phil Austin raised Ndou’s hand winner by scores 117-112, 116-112, 116-112. who was having his first fight back in Australia after clashing with world class welterweights and light middleweights in South Africa, Mexico and England which included Saul Alvarez and Kell Brook.
“I am now fighting to raise funds for the Holy Trinity Youth Centre at Dulwich Hill. I want to thank Father Dave, who was in my corner tonight, for all his support,” Ndou said. “I have Randall Bailey in my sights for the IBF 147 pound title and I do have a win over Noufell Ben Rabah, who is an IBF contender who I will give a rematch.”
Promoter Jamie Myers. Televised on Foxtel Cable Television Network.