Tete in joint ven­ture with UK pro­moter

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

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.

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