Xolisani Ndongeni, South Africa’s number one lightweight, has been handed a gilt-edged opportunity to showcase his wares in the United States.
The reigning SA and WBA Pan-African champion will fight on Banner Promotions’ February bill in the US, which will be broadcast on ShoBox. The deal was thrashed out in Monte Carlo last week between promoters Rodney Berman and Art Pelullo, of Banner.
“Nomeva” will defend his Pan-Africa belt.
Said Berman: “This is a great opportunity for the youngster. He’s cleaned up locally; now is the time for him to step into international waters. He’s come on nicely under trainer Colin Nathan and I’m keen to see how he does against top-rated opposition.”
In his best performance to date, Ndongeni beat former world champion Mzonke Fana in June. He also has wins over Patrick Malinga, Thompson Mokwana and Grant Fourie in his 19-0 ledger.
Nathan is thrilled. “America is where it’s at for guys with big ambition. Nomeva is still young, but learning all the time. He’ll put on a show, for sure.”
Before then, however, Ndongeni has to negotiate his way past Jasper Seroka, who he fights for the vacant IBO title later this month.