Ve­tyeka’s trainer claims he’s been side­lined

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

Simpiwe “V12” Ve­tyeka’s trainer Boy Boy Mpu­lam­pula claims he has been side­lined from man­ning the cor­ner of his charge in an upcoming bout against Hun­gar­ian boxer David Berna.

Ve­tyeka, the for­mer World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) feath­er­weight cham­pion, is billed to make his de­but un­der Ir­ish man­ager Gary Hyde against Berna in the feath­er­weight class at Com­plexe Spor­tif Mo­hammed V in Casablanca, Morocco, on Satur­day.

This will be Ve­tyeka’s (36) first bout un­der Hyde since the Dun­can Vil­lage, East Lon­don-born fighter parted ways with Si­juta Pro­mo­tions.

Mpu­lam­pula said it ap­peared that he would not be shout­ing in­struc­tions for V12 dur­ing the fight as he would be in South Africa.

“When Ve­tyeka left for the UK last month to train for this fight, I was promised that I would join him at a later stage as part of the tech­ni­cal team af­ter my plane ticket had been sorted,” said Mpu­lam­pula.

“The fight is days away now and I have not heard any­thing yet from the man­ager regarding the ticket to join the camp. I feel side­lined be­cause it’s late al­ready and there is no way I can be with Ve­tyeka now.”

How­ever, Mpu­lam­pula said he holds no grudge for not be­ing able to be at the bout.

“I don’t know who will be Simpiwe’s men­tor for the fight. I think I’ve played my part by mould­ing his box­ing ca­reer. He’s old enough to look af­ter him­self.”

Mpu­lam­pula was in­stru­men­tal in the match when V12 shocked all and sundry with a sixth-round stop­page of In­done­sian Chris John to snatch the WBA feath­er­weight cham­pi­onship in 2013 at Metro City in North­bridge, Aus­tralia.

Ve­tyeka later sur­ren­dered his belt to Nonito Don­aire of the Philip­pines by a con­tro­ver­sial tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion at Co­tai Arena, China, in 2014. The quick­ness of both box­ers led to three ac­ci­den­tal head-butts in the first three rounds. At the end of the third round, Nonito had had enough, but was able to pro­ceed with the bout un­til the fourth round with a closed left eye. This, ac­cord­ing to WBA rules, led to the fight be­ing called a tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion and Nonito won by 49-46 points from all three judges.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

EX­PE­RI­ENCE Simpiwe ‘V12’ Ve­tyeka will be with­out his local trainer Boy Boy Mpu­lam­pula at his next fight

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