Last Born ready for his last fight

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Zolani “Last Born” Tete says he is pleased with how prepa­ra­tions have gone for his next fight – and can­not wait for ac­tion.

Tete is tak­ing on Mex­i­can Ol­guin Di­uhl Ramirez over 12 rounds in the ju­nior ban­tamweight fight at the Ori­ent Theatre, East Lon­don, on Fri­day night.

The for­mer In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) su­per fly­weight king­pin re­turned to his Mdantsane home this week af­ter spend­ing 12 days in Johannesburg work­ing out ahead of the bout.

“I’m in great shape and ready to take Ramirez on. I’ve been spar­ring with dif­fer­ent guys in Joburg. They’ve all con­di­tioned me very well for this fight and I’m ready to give it my best shot,” said Tete.

Ramirez was thrown into the lion’s den as a last-minute sub­sti­tute to slug it out with Tete af­ter three foes, who ear­lier had been ear­marked for the 27-yearold, de­vel­oped cold feet. They were Ar­gen­tini­ans Diego Pichardo and Hec­tor Guz­man, and Mex­i­can Ju­nior Grana­dos.

Ramirez (26), who fights out of Guadala­jara, has com­piled a record of 10 wins, four defeats and two draws out of 16 pro­fes­sional fights.

A look at his record sug­gests he has been in­ac­tive. Ramirez last threw a punch com­pet­i­tively in Oc­to­ber last year, when he beat Gon­zalo Gar­cia in the fourth round of a sched­uled eightrounder in Mexico.

This will be the last bout for southpaw Tete – who has chalked up 20 wins and three defeats in 23 fights – be­fore he re­tires and pur­sues a ca­reer as a pro­moter.

He won the then va­cant IBF crown in Kobe, Ja­pan, last July by beat­ing Teiru Ki­noshita on points.

In March, Tete de­fended suc­cess­fully, knock­ing out English­man Paul But­ler in the eighth round in Liver­pool, Eng­land.

He for­feited his crown when his sched­uled manda­tory de­fence against the num­ber one con­tender, Puerto Ri­can McJoe Ar­royo, went to purse bids.

The main sup­port­ing bout on the Si­juta Pro­mo­tions bill will be a 10-round in­ter­na­tional light­weight clash be­tween Xolisani Ndon­geni and Mex­i­can Miguel An­gel Es­cal­ada.

There will be five more fights on the bill.

I’m in great shape and ready to take Ramirez on. I’ve been spar­ring with dif­fer­ent guys in Joburg. They’ve all con­di­tioned me very well for this fight and I’m ready to give it my best shot

ZOLANI TETE

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