Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP) has made a startling revelation on why it has been unable to progress Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni’s career.
This after the giant promotion took a barrage of criticism from certain boxing quarters for not doing enough to steer Ndongeni towards a world title contention.
But GGP boss Rodney Berman said Ndongeni lost his passport making it impossible to acquire the visa to return to the US where he made his debut with an impressive win over Mexican Juan Garcia Mendez last November.
Berman has been touting Ndongeni as the next big thing in local boxing even drawing comparisons with legendary Dingaan Thobela.
And he announced a major deal with his US counterpart Art Pelullo to feature the Duncan Village bred boxer in US.
But since that US debut, Ndongeni has struggled to get activity and at one stage he was loaned out to Cape Town promoter Mzoli Tempi to top his bill three weeks ago.
But the fight fell through at the last minute when Tempi could not make funds available for the bout forcing Boxing SA pull the plug.
Now Ndongeni will travel to Accra, Ghana to vie for his old IBO lightweight title against Emmanuel Tagoe who claimed it after Nomeva relinquished it.
Berman confirmed that he had been concerned about Ndongeni’s slow progression of his career.
“But we could not do what we wanted to do for him when he lost his passport which virtually made it impossible to feature in a tournament that was to be televised by ESPN in US,” he said.
Ndongeni confirmed that he lost his travel document.
“Ironically, I was taking my passport to Colin [Nathan, his trainer] but I forgot to lock my car and someone broke in and stole valuables,” he said.
Ndongeni said he has since obtained another passport and hopefully things will improve now.
“I am looking forward to this fight against Tagoe even though I know I will be under pressure as he will be fighting in front of his fans.”
Unbeaten in 22 bouts, the 27-yearold KwaBhaca-born boxer is confident of reclaiming his crown to start his rise in world ratings.
Ndongeni has slipped down from second pot to sixth in the WBA ratings while he is placed 10th by the WBC and 13th by the WBO.
The WBA title is held by Venezuelan Jorge Linares, WBC by Mikey Garcia while Terry Flanagan who beat Ndongeni’s victim Mzonke Fana owns the WBO crown.
Berman said it was imperative that Ndongeni maintains or improves his world ratings to accelerate his goal towards a world title challenge.
“We have to do everything we could to make sure that a talent like Nomeva is not wasted. Beating Tagoe will take his career forward.”
Ndongeni is hoping a win over the Ghanaian will revive his career and catapult him into the world title mix.