Tete comes ... and goes
The Professor has to train on his own after his promoter goes against his choice of trainer
Former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) international flyweight champion Makazole “The Professor” Tete has dumped trainer Loyiso Mtya barely a week after rejoining Mtya’s stable.
The news of the breakup was confirmed on Friday by the Mdanstane, East London, boxer himself.
He said his move to go it alone for a while was prompted by a “misunderstanding” between his promoter, Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Boxing Promotions, and his manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene, who is in charge of All Winners Boxing Club. Both are also based in East London.
“I reunited with Tengimfene this week to be trained by Mtya and be in the same stable with my younger brother, Zolani,” said Tete.
“But I’ve realised that both my promoter and manager have a dispute regarding me as their fighter. I’ve decided the best thing was to train on my own at an East London gym until they solved their personal problems.”
Tete could not explain what the real bone of contention was between the two “warring parties”, save to say that he had made the mistake of joining Tengimfene without “informing Matiti”.
Tete’s move to dump Mtya came as something of a surprise in boxing circles. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old had told City Press he was happy to again be guided by Mtya.
Matiti, however, who ranks among the country’s most prominent boxing impresarios, has vowed that there is no way The Professor will be managed by Tengimfene.
“I’m Tete’s promoter and am therefore responsible for everything regarding his career. No one, except myself, has a say in his boxing affairs,” said Matiti.
Tengimfene would only say: “Tete is responsible for his own career. I never chose to be his manager. He wanted to come back to our gym and we accepted him. I’m surprised by his move. I respect his decision to leave our stable.”
Mtya also admitted surprise at The Professor’s decision to abandon the gym after such a brief period.
I’m Tete’s promoter and am therefore responsible for everything regarding his career
THE BOY IS MINE Matiti