Branco’s big coup

2009-09-19 15:07

IT’S a new promoter, new weight ­divisions and a new broadcaster for Phillip “Time Bomb” Ndou and ­Simphiwe “V12” Vetyeka.
But the ambition remains the same for both fighters.

Ndou and Vetyeka joined Branco Sports Productions from Golden Gloves Promotions this week, and they will now have their fights broadcast by the SABC.

Vetyeka will now campaign in the heavier junior featherweight division, but his ultimate aim remains a rematch against Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa, who holds the WBC bantamweight crown.

Ndou, who will drop down to the junior welterweight class, still has his sights firmly set on another world title after his return to the ring after a four-year hiatus.

After a fifth-round TKO triumph over Frenchman Rachid Drilzane in February, followed by a unanimous points loss to namesake Lovemore Ndou for the IBO welterweight title in July, Ndou said he was gradually returning to his best.

“The loss to Lovemore was just the start of my return. I am now looking forward to the future.

“I am aiming at getting a shot at a world title in the next few fights, and from there on people will see more of Phillip Ndou,” said the former WBU junior lightweight champion.

Vetyeka has evidently not forgotten how Hasegawa snatched a unanimous points victory in their 2007 bout, and still intends to avenge that loss. It was under Branco Milenkovic that Vetyeka got a shot at ­Hasegawa’s WBC title.

“It was a great move to work with Milenkovic again. He is the one promoter who can take me to Hasegawa again,” said the current IBO bantamweight titleholder.

But given the weight problems, it might be tough for Vetyeka to have another fight against the ­Japanese.

Milenkovic hinted that although Vetyeka would now fight as a junior featherweight, he might have to drop down to the bantamweight ­division for the fight against ­Hasegawa to happen.

“We are looking forward to doing Hasegawa-Vetyeka II next year,” said the BSP boss.

Milenkovic also revealed that Vetyeka’s next fight would be on ­November 20, while Ndou would be in ­action again on December 11.

Both fighters’ opponents are yet to be determined.

“After the December fight, Ndou will have another two fights before he challenges for a recognised world championship,” said manager ­Butityi Konki.

“Such disengagement has been mutually and amicably agreed upon between BK Sport and Golden Gloves in the interest of both ­boxers.”

GGP boss Rodney Berman said both fighters had his blessings and he wished them all the best.

He said he had released Ndou and Vetyeka for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, BSP will stage the IBF junior featherweight eliminator between Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu (29-5, 18 KO) and Kiko Martinez (20-2, 15 KO) from Spain at Wembley Arena in Johannesburg on Friday. Tickets for the tournament cost R50 (unreserved) and R100 (ringside) and can be purchased at Computicket or Checkers.

Full bill: Daniel Bruwer vs Alex Mbaya, DRC (WBO Africa interim junior heavyweight); Vusi Malinga vs Fadhili Majia, Tanzania (WBO Africa bantamweight); Zolani Tete vs Juma Fundi, Tanzania (WBO ­Africa flyweight); Michael Shultz vs Oupa Mahlangu (super middleweight six-rounder); Warren Joubert vs Sbusiso Khumalo (junior lightweight six-rounder).

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