Bungu wants to bring out the beast in Tete
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