Last Born ready for his last fight
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