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Lovemore Ndou officially retires on 45th birthday

South Africa's Lovemore Ndou looks towards a career in politics as he warns boxers to have a plan after fighting.

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Today is Lovemore Ndou's 45th birthday. And although he hasn't fought in four years, he would like to mark today as the official end of his professional boxing career. So, in doing so he pens a letter for World Boxing News making the announcement while also trying to impart some words of wisdom to young fighters in the game. But first, reflecting on his career Ndou writes:

"I think I have achieved more than what I expected as a boxer. I remember the first time I laced boxing gloves my dream was just to win the National Amateur title. I have won two world titles in two weight classes as a professional. This exceeded my modest goals and I can truly reflect upon these titles as my greatest achievements."

Ndou then goes on to thank everybody that has contributed to his success, including his family, managers, promoters, sparring partners, and sponsors. Oh, and of course the fans. And with Ndou retiring in good health, he is looking forward to the next chapter of his life where he hopes to make an impact in his native South Africa.

"Now with that I can proudly say that chapter of my life has been written and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life as a lawyer and aspiring future politician in South Africa. I am already a successful lawyer with my own practice and it is my dream to someday make a change in South Africa as a politician. Without sounding like I am beating my own drum - I am the most educated World Champion fighter there has ever been. With seven University degrees to my credit, I do not see why I can't become an influential leader to my people in South Africa as a politician and possibly the President in the future."

But just before Ndou finishes, he offers some thoughts to young fighters, advising them to set themselves up for life after boxing -- because it's just a relatively short career.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to give advice to young up-and-coming fighters, and athletes in general. My advice to you is have something to fall back on at the end of your career. Get an education or set yourself up with a business and that way you won't have to stay too long in the sport and risk unnecessary health issues."

Now, officially retired, Lovemore Ndou ends his career with a record of 49-13-2 (31 KOs) with a number of notable opponents on his resume, including: Miguel Cotto, Junior Witter, Canelo Alvarez, Paulie Malignaggi, and Kell Brook,  among others. We extend our best wishes to Ndou in his future endeavors.

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