Lovemore Ndou seeks charity bout with Ricky Hatton
Two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou remains focused on gaining one more big pay day against the likes of Ricky Hatton in future, not for his own gain, but to give away the entire purse to charitable causes.
Ndou is still active in boxing at 41 after getting back to winning ways earlier this month with a unanimous decision victory over Gairy St. Clair and recently called out Ricky Hatton and Paulie Malignaggi for one last headlining fight.
The unselfish Australian handed over his cheque for the win in Queensland to help under privileged children and told WBN that every match-up he is now involved in will go a similar way to helping others.
“My last fight was on the 10th of August where I beat Gairy St. Clair and won the WBF world welterweight title and the IBF Pan Pacific title,” Ndou told World Boxing News.
“I gave my entire purse from that fight to the Dulwich Hill Youth Centre. I will be fighting again on the 7th of September in Melbourne in a non-title fight against Rivan Cessaire and my earnings will again go towards the Youth Centre. “
South Africa-born Ndou admits that he could have retired following his unanimous loss to Kell Brook a year ago and may well have hung up his gloves if his quest to give something back was not as important to him as it is.
“I really don’t need to be fighting anymore. I have already achieved more than I ever dreamt of achieving as far as boxing is concerned, but I love the sport so much and I feel I should continue doing what I love but at the same time giving back to the community.
“I’m a qualified lawyer with University Degrees in Law, Communications and Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies.
“I’m probably the most educated world champion boxer there had ever been. I really do not need boxing anymore to make a living, but boxing made me and gave me everything I possess today, including all the University Degrees.
“I believe I can use boxing in the same way to help children out there, children who are victims of circumstances.
“These children didn’t choose to be orphans of AIDS. There are also children out there who come from homes that are broken down due to domestic violence, drugs, etc. and with a little guidance and help from the community these children can also have a good future.
“Let’s not forget that children are our future leaders, hence we should guide them and educate them if we are to have great future leaders.
“I also believe that with my new focus, God has brought me back to boxing better than ever. I believe I am fighting a good fight.
“I would like Ricky Hatton to join forces with me and we can fight the good fight together. Let’s fight for the children of the world.
“I also know for a fact that Ricky Hatton is a good man who does a lot for the community and all I’m asking Ricky is let’s fight each other. You don’t have to donate your entire purse or any of it to any charities but I will donate mine to the orphans of AIDS.”
The call from Ndou comes as 33 year-old Hatton is rumoured to be contemplating one more assault on a world title after shedding over two stone with a new fitness regime, although Ndou will fight on whether or not a fight with the ‘Hitman’ materializes.