"It’s gonna be Boom-Shakalaah from now on."
BoxingTalk: Lovemore, you just added another notch to your win column when you fought Jakkirt Suwunnalird last month. What did you take away from your latest fight?
Lovemore N’dou: That bout was about getting some rounds and getting rid of the ring rust. Before that fight, in 14 month’s time I have only had 3 rounds of boxing. One fight went one round and the other only lasted for 2 rounds. And then I didn’t fight for another 9 months. So I’m glad I got 12 rounds of boxing out of that fight. BoxingTalk: That was your first fight of 2006, when can we expect to see you in the ring next?
Lovemore N’dou: I will be fighting again this coming Friday, May 26th at the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia against Thailander, Decha Bankluagym (21-6-1 (11 ko’s) I need to stay busy while I’m waiting to get a shot at the winner between Juan Urango and Ben Rabah for the IBF title or winner between Corley and Witter for the WBC title. I have joined a new management team, the Grange Old School Boxing, run by Bill Treacy, who are keen to see me win a world title and are doing all the right things to make sure I will be ready for the title shot when the moment arrives. That is why they are making sure that I’m staying active.
BoxingTalk: Two of your last three wins have ended in knockout. How do you feel your strength and boxing ability has improved since your fight with Miguel Cotto and Junior Witter?
Lovemore N’dou: Truth is I feel I’m getting better with age. I believe with old age comes maturity, more skills and more self discipline. Thus, my old age is my honour and strength. I live a good and clean life. I have never had a drink nor smoke in my whole life. I’m not a night clubber nor drug user, but a hard working father of four and law student by day. That’s why I believe I can still fight for another 10 years to come. I’m one of the fittest athletes out there and I haven’t lost my speed nor reflexes as yet. The Lovemore N’dou is yes, I’m improving with every fight. And people seem to forget that those fights against the likes of Cotto, Witter, Mitchell are fights that I took on short notice. To me those fights are history, and right now I’m looking at winning the world title before the end of the year. BoxingTalk: Ben Rabah and Juan Urango are going up against each other next month for the vacant IBF 140-pound title. What are your thoughts on that fight, and your chances of taking on the winner?
Lovemore N’dou: I think it’s gonna be a great fight but I really don’t care who wins. Whoever wins has a date with me next and is gonna get a bad ass whupping. BoxingTalk: What do you feel will be your key to victory the next time you fight for the title?
Lovemore N’dou: The key to victory is I will have enough notice to prepare for this fight. Unlike the last few fights I took on less than 10 days notice. Mentally I will be ready as can be, as I don’t have to worry about anything outside the ring now. My management team (Bill Treacy) is taking care of that side of business. All I have to do now is train and get myself ready, which has never been a problem in the past. BoxingTalk: You have been fighting at the junior welterweight level for several years now. Do you still feel you are at your strongest at this weight, or could a move up in weight be on the horizon?
Lovemore N’dou: I make the 140-pound limit with ease. So for as long as there are some competitive fights in this division I will stay at it. However, should an opportunity arise at welterweight for a good money fight I won’t think twice about moving up. BoxingTalk: What can we look forward from Lovemore N'dou in the coming months.
Lovemore N’dou: You can expect to see Lovemore continue winning his fights and eventually becoming champion of the world. From now on every fight I take it’s gonna be all action as usual and putting people to sleep. In other words, it’s gonna be Boom-Shakalaah from now on. Thanks to BoxingTalk.com for the interview. Peace!
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