Tete in joint venture with UK promoter
Zolani “Last Born” Tete has signed a three-year contract to fight under prominent British promoter Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
This comes after 11 months of behind-the-scenes meetings between the camp of the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight kingpin and Warren about the possibility of the two joining forces.
News of the partnership was broken by an inspired Tete himself this week, who said the contract stipulated that a certain number of fights be held each year under the Queensberry banner. “This is a good deal we have signed. “I believe it will take my career to another level,” said an elated Tete.
“It states that I will have four fights a year in England, or elsewhere overseas, where Warren is involved.
“I could not have asked for more by fighting under Warren. I am looking forward to winning a world title or two under him in future.”
Queensberry Promotions spokesperson Richard Maynard echoed these sentiments: “Zolani’s fights will be organised by Queensberry in an agreement that will benefit the boxer immensely. This is a done deal.”
The 27-year-old southpaw, who hails from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, is regarded as arguably one of the country’s most enterprising pugilists in recent times. Warren previously worked with prominent English idols Frank Bruno (heavyweight) and Naseem Hamed (junior featherweight).
The Hertfordshire, England-based impresario expressed an interest in Tete after the pugilist knocked out English rival Paul Butler in the eighth round of their IBF title contest in Liverpool, UK, in February.
Tete, who also co-promotes his own fights under the name of his company Last Born Promotions, feels he will not be distracted by having to stage some of his bouts.
He made an impressive debut as a fight organiser last month on a bill in which he outpointed Filipino Jether Oliva at the Orient Theatre in Mdantsane to win the then vacant World Boxing Organisation crown.
Tete was stripped of the IBF championship belt last July after the title went to purse bids.
His trainer, Mlandeli Tengimfene, said they would negotiate for his charge to have a shot at the World Boxing Council title in London on March 12.
“Tete is ranked third in contention for the crown, currently held by Mexican Carlos Cuadras.
“Warren is toying with the idea of promoting that bout,” said Tengimfene.