Last Born ditches home fans for Jozi
Zolani “Last Born” Tete will spend six weeks at a secret Johannesburg training camp – away from the prying eyes of the girls from his home town of Mdantsane – to prepare for his next fight.
The former International Boxing Federation (IBF) superflyweight champion is scheduled to meet Argentinian Diego Pichardo in a 10-round fight at the Orient Theatre, East London, on September 6.
Tete (27), who will be co-promoting the fight with Andile Sidinile’s Sijuta Promotions, said he would like to focus on training in the days leading up to the bout.
“I usually get distracted by noisy fans, most of whom are girls, in my home town of Mdantsane, who come to the gym in large numbers whenever I prepare for fights. Hopefully, things will be better in Joburg.
“I decided to set up a secret camp in Joburg where I will hopefully be able to concentrate before the fight.
“I’m not trying to snub my fans, but they often distract me,” he said.
Tete added that he needed a neutral environment to train in for what would be his last fight before he officially ventured into promoting.
Tete decided to take up this new role after his contract with promoter Branco Milenkovic officially ended two weeks ago. The two had been together for six years.
They parted ways when the boxer decided not to defend his IBF championship belt after his scheduled mandatory defence against number one contender, Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo, went to purse bids.
The fight was billed to take place in Puerto Rico on July 11.
However, Last Born refused to fight for what he termed a “paltry” R70 000 purse, which he said would not cover his operating expenses.
Pichardo is a southpaw with a fight record of 16 wins, six defeats and one draw in 23 paid fights.
“I hear he packs a mean punch, but I will be too good for him,” said a confident Tete.
BIG MOVE Zolani Tete will spend six weeks training in Joburg to prepare for his fight against Argentinian Diego Pichardo