Throwback: When Floyd Mayweather Beat South Africa's Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou for WBC Lightweight Belt

Throwback: When Floyd Mayweather Beat South Africa's Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou for WBC Lightweight Belt

  • Undefeated former boxer Floyd Mayweather once crossed paths with a South African on his way to greatness nearly 20 years ago
  • "Money" has to defend his WBC lightweight title against the legendary Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou back in 2003
  • The fight was much anticipated, as Ndou was one of the best fighters in the world at the time and worthy of getting a shot at the title

On the way to greatness, Floyd Mayweather had to contend with one of South Africa's finest ever fighters Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou.

"Money" faced off against Ndou for the WBC lightweight title on 01 November 2003 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Floyd Mayweather takes on Phillip Ndou in 2003 for the WBC lightweight total.
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According to News24, Mayweather won the fight fairly comfortably, knocking out Ndou in the seventh round in front of an entertained and partisan crowd in the city he hails from. This was also Mayweather's 13th win from 13 world title fights.

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The result moved him to 31-0 with 21 knockouts, while Ndou dropped to 31-2, still boasting an impressive 30 knockouts.

Afterwards, Ndou was gracious in defeat, saying:

"I fought the best in the world, Floyd Mayweather, and he's something special. You can't take anything away from him. He's the champion."

Mayweather said:

"I wanted to throw a lot more punches, give the fans a war. It's a great feeling to come home and give the fans a solid fight," he said. He was a big puncher, but I have granite for a chin."

The Sweet Science reported that Ndou retired in 2004 due to a brain injury. Mayweather called it a day for good in 2017 after defeating UFC legend Connor McGregor in an exhibition match, as per Bleacher Report.

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Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather to take on mixed martial arts fighter Mikuru Asakura in Japan

Former welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather remains tireless even after retiring with a 50-0 record.

As reported by Sports Brief, "Money" will take on Japanese mixed martial arts fighter Mikuru Asakura in an exhibition match in September.

He had already fought another exhibition match in the Asian country back in December 2018, when he defeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.

Source: Sports Brief News