Bungu wants to bring out the beast in Tete

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

For­mer In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IBF) ju­nior feath­er­weight cham­pion Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu has been roped in to train Maka­zole “The Pro­fes­sor” Tete.

This af­ter the erst­while In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) fly­weight ti­tle­holder dumped his East Lon­don-based men­tor Loy­iso Mtya two weeks ago – barely seven days af­ter re­join­ing Mtya’s sta­ble from an­other Mdantsane trainer, Dowie Mzini.

Tete’s pro­moter, Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Box­ing Pro­mo­tions, con­firmed the union, say­ing they be­lieved Bungu would mould the 27year-old to be as good as The Beast in his prime.

Bungu held the IBF cham­pi­onship belt from 1994 to 1998, de­fend­ing his crown an un­prece­dented 13 times.

“We are in­spired by Vuyani’s cre­den­tials and are in­deed hope­ful that he will un­leash the un­tapped po­ten­tial of Maka­zole,” said Matiti.

The Beast will be as­sisted by for­mer fighter Miniyakhe Sityatha.

The Pro­fes­sor, who is the el­der brother of World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion Africa su­per fly­weight ti­tle holder Zolani “Last Born” Tete, said he was de­lighted to be trained by Bungu.

“I’m in­spired and I want to be like him dur­ing his time. We started work­ing to­gether of­fi­cially on Mon­day at the gym in Mdantsane, and so far ev­ery­thing is go­ing well,” said Tete, who has won 14 times, with one de­feat and a draw in 16 pro­fes­sional fights. He, how­ever, pro­duced a poor show­ing in his last fight, when he lost to Gideon Buthelezi by unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion for the va­cant IBO ti­tle in East Lon­don in De­cem­ber.

His younger brother, Last Born, is a classy boxer who pre­vi­ously held the IBF su­per fly­weight cham­pi­onship belt. The suc­cess of the Tetes re­minds one of other fa­mous box­ing fam­i­lies who found fame here and abroad ( see graphic).

Some of the most well-known box­ing sib­lings in Mzansi in­clude the Malin­gas and the White­boys.

Bungu said the 27-year-old Tete had the po­ten­tial to make as much of a mark as his brother.

“He is shorter, so I’m cur­rently work­ing on his speed with a view to mak­ing him the best fighter in the fly­weight divi­sion,” said Bungu.

The Beast added that he was op­ti­mistic his charge would reach box­ing’s heights, just as Bungu did be­fore he re­tired in 2005. The Beast hung up his gloves af­ter los­ing to Thomas Mashaba for the IBO ju­nior feath­er­weight cham­pi­onship at East Lon­don’s Absa Sta­dium.


BEASTLY TRAINER Vuyani Bungu wants to make Maka­zole Tete a world champ


THE PRO­FES­SOR Maka­zole Tete, Zolani’s older brother

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