‘Panther has not only betrayed me – he has killed his father’

2011-03-26 19:18

Soweto boxing mentor Stanley Ndlovu is seeking legal advice, alleging that his son, Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu, owes him more than R100?000 in a dispute that is threatening to tear the family apart.

Takalani Ndlovu, who last night was set to challenge Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) ­junior featherweight crown at Nasrec, Johannesburg, allegedly also owes his brother, ­assistant trainer Nyambeni, R20 000.

The junior Ndlovu, whom his father once handled as his manager and trainer, is said to have sometimes avoided paying the agreed 25% which handlers are entitled to.

Said Ndlovu senior: “I am at the moment seeking legal advice; this boy has inflicted the worst pain in my life.

“I have been concealing the story since 2007 but have decided to talk to you [City Press] because you have discovered it and confronted me about it.”

Approached in training, all that “The Panther” said was: “I am preparing for the most important fight of my life (against Molitor) and it is unfair to discuss this issue right now.”

His younger brother, Nyambeni, said: “At 26 I am still young and will regain the money (the R20?000 owed) I have lost and am not bitter.”

The family feud has perhaps vindicated the Biblical scripture found in 1?Timothy 6:10 – “The love of money is the root of all evil.”

Ndlovu senior said his son had committed far more than betrayal; in fact he had virtually committed patricide.

“I am dead, killed by my own son, and can’t think straight because I am under unbelievable stress.”

He pointed out that after grooming his son for 23 years, making him a world contender, “vultures stole him”.

“This boy stabbed me in the heart by telling me that I have done nothing for him and all I was interested in was his money.

“It is surprising because I helped him become a world contender and made him a national champion when he destroyed Anthony Tshehla in 48 seconds, nine years ago.”

Things fell apart immediately after “The Panther” was knocked out in round nine by Molitor in the IBF title fight in Canada in 2007.

The boxer broke away from his father, joining forces with the colourful Nick “Mthakathi” Durandt, but later rejoined his father.

He was later beaten on points by Molitor last year and bolted from his father’s gymnasium to Manny Fernandes’s stable.

In his response, Durandt said he wasn’t a vulture but “a mthakathi (wizard) who makes world champions”.

Fernandes was reserved, saying only that the issue was a sensitive one and difficult to comment on.

Asked why his son left him for other trainers, Ndlovu senior said: “These boxers (including my son) cannot think independently.”

The lifestyle of boxing is dictated by the golden rule that says those who have the gold make the rules, because they easily lure fighters with potential.

Ndlovu senior said: “These wealthy kleptomaniacs (trainers) help ­themselves because they cannot help themselves.”

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