Tete brothers to dish out Xmas punches
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.
CRUNCH Zolani Tete (right) against Mexico’s Diuhl Olguin Ramirez during their international junior bantamweight clash in East London in March