IBO welterweight champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou has arrived in England and is ready to defend his title against Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky “Hitman” Hatton. The Ndou-Hatton fight will be held at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, Staffordshire, UK on Friday night 13th November 2009. Ndou has promised to destroy 28 year-old Hatton (37 wins, 4 losses, 14 knockouts) and in doing so, hopes to entice Ricky Hatton, the former undisputed super lightweight world champion, into a fight.
“When I beat his brother, Ricky Hatton will have to fight me,” predicted Ndou. “There has already been a suggestion that the fight can be held in South Africa before the 2010 World Cup. That would be a huge fight and a whole new platform in terms of world wide recognition.”
Sydney resident Ndou 47-11-1 (31), a former IBF super lightweight world champion, beat fellow South African born boxer Phillip “Time Bomb” Ndou by unanimous twelve round points decision to win the vacant IBO belt on July 11. Born in Transvaal on August 16, 1971, it was Ndou’s first fight in South Africa since August 12, 1995.
38-year-old Ndou says that the younger Hatton brother has made a mistake of overestimating his own ability.
“If you are running a stable of racehorses and you have a donkey in the stable,” explained Ndou, “when you put him in a race with real racehorses, that is when he will be exposed. I can say the same thing about Matthew Hatton. He has been hanging around with his brother and all of sudden he thinks he is a great fighter. Come November 13, I am going to expose him and make him realise he is just a donkey. He doesn’t belong in the same ring as me.”
The Lovemore Ndou-Matthew Hatton fight will be televised live into Australia by Main Event Television on Saturday 14th November 2009 from 9:00am