Money hassles break Ndlovu’s link with trainer

2012-02-12 08:30

Controversy pertaining to money pursues the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world junior featherweight champion Takalani Ndlovu.

The champion defends his crown against Jeffrey Mathebula in a grudge clash at Carnival City on March 24.
The show will be staged by Branco Sports Production.

Ndlovu is managed by his wife, Vimbile.

But, he has parted ways with trainer Manny Fernandes and the break is believed to have been triggered by money.

According to a source, “Panther” Ndlovu dropped Fernandes, claiming that the mentor was “only interested in money and nothing else.”

Fernandes went on holiday to the United States just before Ndlovu’s title defence against Giovanni Caro in Mexico on October 29 last year.

The trainer came back a few days before the boxer left for Mexico and this upset Ndlovu as he had to go abroad without Fernandes.

Ndlovu’s corner was successfully manned by assistant trainer Gert Strydom, now the boxer’s main mentor, leading the fighter to a points win over the Mexican.

Ndlovu cut ties with the man who steered him to the championship just before his last fight but their rupture has never been made public.

Fernandes said he was disappointed with the way Ndlovu broke away from him.

However, he denied that he was only in boxing for money, arguing that he was in it for business purposes and training world champions.

“The flight to US to see my sick uncle was already booked and I organised Gert Strydom to take care of Ndlovu,” said Fernandes.

“Instead of getting gratitude from Ndlovu for making him a world champion, I get a slap on the face by his unceremonious parting.”

When telephoned, Ndlovu hung up at the mention of Fernandes’s name, and would not answer subsequent calls by City Press.

Money disputes and Ndlovu’s career have unfortunately become synonymous.

The champion allegedly owes his father and former mentor Stanley more than R100 000 in a dispute that is threatening to tear the Ndlovu family apart.

The boxer is said to have sometimes avoided paying the agreed 25% which handlers are entitled to.

Contention has previously not affected Ndlovu.

It has to be seen if his strength will continue when he is confronted by Jeffrey “The Mongoose” Mathebula.

There are a number of good fights line-up including Thomas Oosthuizen who defends his International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super middleweight crown against Serge Yannick at Emperors Palace on March 3.

In the main supporting bout, Kaizer Mabuza and Steve Wills clash for the vacant IBO junior welterweight title.

Prior to that, Wiseman Ndlovu defends the national heavyweight crown against Daniel Venter at Olive Convention Centre in North Beach, eThekwini on February 24.

Mzonke Fana and Dominico Urbano trade leather for the World Boxing Federation junior lightweight title in Durban the following day.

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