Tete plans to win WBO belt in UK

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

Zolani “Last Born” Tete usu­ally prefers to go through his train­ing ses­sions in se­crecy and away from the pry­ing eyes of the me­dia.

He has adopted the pol­icy to keep to him­self dur­ing his work­outs so that he does not get dis­tracted by any­thing or anyone ahead of his fights.

But this time around, Last Born has de­cided to fling open the doors to the pub­lic and mem­bers of the fourth es­tate to see for them­selves how he gets into such great shape ahead of a big fight.

The scene of the rare view­ing was the Ur­ban War­rior Box­ing Gym, a work­out struc­ture in Park­more, Sand­ton, that the Eastern Cape boxer has cho­sen to fine-tune him­self for his cru­cial World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) ti­tle elim­i­na­tion bout against Filipino Arthur “El Mata­dor” Vil­lanueva.

Their fight takes place at the Le­ices­ter Arena in the UK on Satur­day.

In­side the well-equipped build­ing, Last Born proudly dis­plays how fit he is for his im­por­tant clash.

His vig­i­lant trainer Loy­iso Mtya and as­sis­tant Phumzile Maty­ila are set­ting Tete dif­fer­ent kinds of gru­elling ex­er­cises in­side the ring to demon­strate to the ex­pec­tant on­look­ers that he is fit and ready to go toe-to-toe with Vil­lanueva. And Last Born res­o­lutely does them with ease.

With his six-pack show­ing im­pres­sively while he goes through the mo­tions, an an­i­mated Tete stops mo­men­tar­ily to de­clare that he is ready to take Vil­lanueva to the clean­ers.

“As you guys can see for your­selves, I’ve trained ex­tremely hard for this fight since I came to Jo­han­nes­burg in Jan­uary to pre­pare for it,” says Tete as he wipes the sweat from his face.

“There won’t be any ex­cuses for me to lose. Vil­lanueva and I will be out to give the English fans a great fight. I will emerge the win­ner by a knock­out.”

What is cru­cial about the fight is the fact that the win­ner will have a crack at the WBO cham­pi­onship cur­rently held by Vil­lanueva’s com­pa­triot, Mar­lon Ta­pales. Vil­lanueva, holder of the WBO Asia Pa­cific belt, is the num­ber one con­tender for this cham­pi­onship belt, while Tete is ranked sec­ond.

A look at the tale of the tape shows that both are heavy punch­ers (see graphic). Last Born, the erst­while In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion su­per fly­weight cham­pion, has de­feated 20 of his 24 vic­tims by way of a knock­out. El Mata­dor has sent 16 of his 30 op­po­nents crash­ing to the can­vas.

All in all, the fight has the in­gre­di­ents of a thriller.

I’ve trained ex­tremely hard for this fight LAST BORN TETE

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