Ndou to defend IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Bongani Mwelase, 27, the current WBF junior middleweight champion will move down to welterweight to challenge the 38-year-old Lovemore Ndou for his IBO belt on September 18 at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park. The tournament will be presented by Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions.

Ndou 47-11-2, 31 who is based in Australia is a former IBF junior welterweight champion won the vacant IBO belt in a closely fought contest with Phillip Ndou in July last year at Emperors Palace and made a successful defence against Matthew Hatton in November of the same year when they fought to draw.

The southpaw Mwelase 14-0; 12 won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and after he took the SA and WBC International welterweight titles from Lucky Lewele in November 2009 a bright future was predicted.

However, he has battled with his weight and despite winning the lightly regarded WBF welterweight and junior middle belts his career has not taken off.

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Meanwhile IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi 16-0-1; 6 of South Africa will make the mandatory defence of his belt against Alberto Rosas 31-5; 25 on July 31 in Tepic, Mexico.

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South African bantamweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela 20-6; 14 makes the first defence of his title against Phumzile Matyila on a Eyethu Promotions bill in East London on August 1.

Matyila 17-2-1 comes into the bout as a rather surprising challenger, as he is only rated at number six in the junior bantamweight ratings in the most recent rankings released by Boxing SA.

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Nkosinathi Joyi the IBF mini flyweight champion has signed a one-year deal, with Build-It and Sondelani Sports that involves a monthly retainer as well as branded clothing and equipment and health and nutritional supplements. He hopes to make the first defence of his belt before the end of the year.

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