Tete broth­ers to dish out Xmas punches

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Fans will have an early Xmas present on Fri­day when the Eastern Cape’s box­ing broth­ers – Maka­zole and Zolani Tete – con­test world ti­tle fights on the same bill at East Lon­don’s In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The main fight on the card will fea­ture Maka­zole (28), the el­der of the two, against Gaut­eng’s Gideon Buthelezi for the va­cant In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) su­per fly­weight crown.

Zolani (27) will take on Filipino Jether Oliva for the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) All Africa su­per fly­weight cham­pi­onship, which also has no cham­pion at the mo­ment.

Zolani, nick­named “Last Born”, will make his de­but as co-pro­moter un­der the ban­ner of Last Born Pro­mo­tions with Xaba Pro­mo­tions on the night (see box).

Both Mdantsane fight­ers are ooz­ing con­fi­dence.

Maka­zole last threw punches com­pet­i­tively in Septem­ber when he beat Mex­ico’s Ar­mando Tor­res by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion for the IBO in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship fly­weight di­a­dem at the Ori­ent Theatre in Mdantsane.

In Buthelezi, he will face a foe who is out to re­deem him­self, hav­ing lost five times in 15 out­ings.

Zolani is the more ac­com­plished of the broth­ers. He pre­vi­ously held the more lu­cra­tive In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion crown, which was stripped from him when he re­fused to de­fend it for a “pal­try” R70 000.

Maka­zole, who goes by the moniker “The Pro­fes­sor”, said he was con­fi­dent about beat­ing Buthelezi.

“I be­lieve the time has come for me to wear the cham­pi­onship belt. I’ve trained hard and will be too good for Buthelezi,” said Maka­zole.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

CRUNCH Zolani Tete (right) against Mex­ico’s Di­uhl Ol­guin Ramirez dur­ing their in­ter­na­tional ju­nior ban­tamweight clash in East Lon­don in March

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