South African boxer Phillip Ndou is in trouble for an alleged assault in his home country. He was scheduled to fight Malawi’s Chimwemwe Chiotcha in an eight-round bout at Thohoyandou Town Hall, but was removed from the event after Boxing South Africa (BSA) declined to issue him a license. Here’s the letter to prove it.
Phillip Ndou’s boxing licence was revoked on medical grounds. This is the letter that really upset him. pic.twitter.com/klIX0eyQNI
— Tracksuit (@ThabisoMosia) August 1, 2016
Evidently, this didn’t sit well with “The Time Bomb.” South Africa’s PowerSport has the details of Ndou’s apparent full-on attack of BSA officials at the weigh-ins.
“Ndou was then taken off the bill for the fight but showed up at the weigh-in unannounced and started beating up BSA official Mr Archie Mingwa. When other BSA officials tried to intervene, Ndou attacked them too, pummeling the officials with a series of blows according to eye-witnesses.
Boxing South Africa has told PowerSport that Ndou’s camp has apologised for the incident but BSA will not accept the apology and criminal charges will be laid against Ndou while internal disciplinary processes will also take place.”
Well that’s not nice, is it?
It has to be noted that the 39-year-old Ndou is coming off a TKO loss to Ntuthuko Memela in February. He’d already been forced to retire once in the early 2000s after he’d collapsed following a split decision defeat to Isaac Hlatshwayo. According to Ndou’s trainer Nick Durandt, Phillip had “a problem on his brain” and it would otherwise put Ndou at a serious health risk to continue boxing. This retirement lasted 4 years before he returned to the ring in 2009, and he’s fought 8 times since then. It doesn’t look like there will be a 9th one.
Ndou (37-5, 34 KOs) is best known for fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBC lightweight title in 2003. Having won one round at most, Ndou was TKO’d in round 7 after he was dropped by a series of Mayweather right hands before the referee stopped the fight. Durandt was going to throw in the towel anyway, despite Ndou’s protests.
Ndou has not yet been arrested, as of this writing.
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