Xolisani Ndongeni is looking to climb back up the world rankings after his fight against Filipino Raymond Yanong at the Galleria in Sandton on Thursday night.
Popularly known as “Nomeva”, the 32-year-old was a top contender before two defeats set him back — a comprehensive points loss to Devin Haney in early 2019 and a surprise knockout loss to Prince Dlomo in October 2020.
“It’s a very good fight for me,” Ndongeni said after the weigh-in at the tournament venue on Wednesday afternoon. “He’s a strong opponent and he’s fought in the US, in Las Vegas, but I plan to use my height and reach advantage.”
Ndongeni has a record of 29 wins (17 KOs) and two losses compared to the visitor’s 11 victories (9 KOs), six defeats and a draw.
Yanong is fairly well-travelled, having battled in the US gambling capital on three occasions, with one narrow win and two stoppage losses. He’s also fought in Japan and Macao.
The Filipino has been used as a stepping stone opponent for up-and-coming fighters, and it remains to be seen if he can give businessperson Ndongeni, a gym-owner when he’s not boxing, a tough fight in the co-main event on ESPN Africa’s monthly bill.
In the other main bout, SA flyweight champion Jackson Chauke should be too strong for Tanzanian Mustafa Mkupasi.