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Ndou inducted into Australian Hall of Fame



South African-born Lovemore “The Black Panther” Ndou, who left his home country in 1996 to fight in Australia, where he would go on to win the IBF junior-welterweight title and the IBO and WBF welterweight titles, will be inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in Melbourne on March 2 this year.

Ndou, who was born in Musina, Limpopo, on August 16, 1971, made his professional debut on April 11, 1993 at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, scoring a four-round points decision over Enoch Khuzwayo.

He would win nine of his next 11 fights before fighting to a draw with Mthobele Mhlophe in a challenge for the South African featherweight title. After this minor setback he left for Australia and, in his first fight, at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney on May 24, 1996 he stopped Antonio Tunacao in the third round.

In an outstanding career he would go on to compile a record of 49-13-2; 31 against some of the best fighters in the world.

Among the titles he won, other than his world titles, were the IBF Pan Pacific, OPBF junior-welterweight, and IBF Pan Pacific welterweight titles.

Ndou, who was always in top condition, never lost a fight inside the distance and went in against world class fighters like Sharmba Mitchell, Miguel Cotto, Junior Witter, and Naoufel Ben Rahbah to win the vacant IBF junior-welterweight belt.

He had his last fight on August 10, 2012 at the Southport RSL Club in Australia against former IBF junior-lightweight champion Garry St Clair to claim the vacant IBF Pan Pacific and WBF welterweight titles.

Despite his busy boxing career he also found time for his academic studies and is a practising lawyer at his own practice in Sydney, New South Wales.

It has also been reported that he graduated with seven university degrees and is at present studying for a doctorate in law.



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