Last Born wants big bucks to trade blows with Tiger

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

Zolani “Last Born” Tete will have to be paid a sub­stan­tial amount if his pro­posed vol­un­tary World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) ban­tamweight ti­tle de­fence against fel­low South African Si­bon­iso “Tiger” Gonya is to get off the ground.

This is the view of Tete’s man­ager, Mlan­deli Tengim­fene, af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with Gonya’s camp to have the box­ers trade blows soon. Gonya is based in Mtu­batuba, KwaZulu-Na­tal.

Tete, ar­guably the coun­try’s hottest boxer to emerge from East Lon­don in the Eastern Cape in re­cent times, is still bask­ing in the glory of win­ning the WBO ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Fil­ipino Arthur Vil­lanueva by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion in Eng­land in April.

The bout was ini­tially billed as a manda­tory ti­tle for the right to chal­lenge Mar­lon Ta­pales, who is also from the Philip­pines, but the clash was el­e­vated to an in­terim ti­tle con­test when Ta­pales for­feited the belt af­ter his fight against Ja­panese Sho­hei Omori.

When Omori was stopped by Ta­pales in the 11th round, Last Born was au­to­mat­i­cally el­e­vated to be­come a full WBO ti­tle­holder.

Now the WBO has man­dated Ar­gen­tinian Omar Narváez to slug it out against Rus­sian Niko­lai Po­tapov in Au­gust.

This gives Last Born a chance to take an in­terim fight be­fore the manda­tory berth has been filled, which is why he is ar­rang­ing the vol­un­tary de­fence.

Gonya, who is ranked fourth, fits the bill as a pos­si­ble con­tender for Last Born’s di­a­dem.

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