Gonya’s huge fam­ily want that ti­tle

Daily Dispatch - - News - By ME­SULI ZIFO

SI­BON­ISO Gonya will not only be rep­re­sent­ing KwaZulu-Natal when he chal­lenges Mdantsane box­ing hero Zolani Tete on Sat­ur­day, but his 37 sib­lings.

Gonya comes from a polyg­a­mous fam­ily, with his fa­ther Mzony­athi hav­ing seven wives and 38 chil­dren.

On Sat­ur­day, he will at­tempt to un­seat Tete for his WBO ban­tamweight crown at the SSE Arena in Ire­land.

Speak­ing to the Daily Dis­patch from Belfast yes­ter­day, Gonya said he was on a mis­sion to bring the ti­tle home to his fam­ily.

Gonya, 25, was given a rous­ing farewell by KZN depart­ment of sports, recre­ation, arts and cul­ture MEC Bongi Moloi, who asked him to bring the ti­tle back to the prov­ince.

“I am car­ry­ing one mes­sage from many peo­ple, in­clud­ing the MEC, that I should bring this ti­tle back home. My fam­ily is be­hind me and so is the MEC so I can­not af­ford to let them down,” he said.

Gonya ar­rived in Belfast on Sat­ur­day to a warm wel­come, with some fans even bet­ting their money on him to up­set Tete.

His pro­moter, Thu­lani Magud­ulela, who is with him, to­gether with chief trainer Zwi Magud­ule­lala, said they were sur­prised to re­ceive such a warm wel­come.

Tete, how­ever, dis­missed Gonya, say­ing they were not in the same league.

The world champ went as far as pre­dict­ing a fourth round stop­page.

But the KZN boxer laughed off the pre­dic­tions, chal­leng­ing Tete to back up his words.

“I hope he will in­deed try to knock me out be­cause that will make my job easy,” he said.

The two, who have never met, are set to come up close and per­sonal for the first time at the fi­nal press con­fer­ence of the fight to­mor­row at the fight venue.

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