Tete comes ... and goes

The Pro­fes­sor has to train on his own af­ter his pro­moter goes against his choice of trainer

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

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

AYANDA MATITI

PHOTO: SIPHO MALUKA

SUR­PRISED Mtya

Trainer Loy­iso

PHOTO: TER­RENCE MTOLA

THE BOY IS MINE Matiti

Ayanda

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