WORLD BOXING CHAMP S TROUBLING COKE HABIT
SIMPIWE Vetyeka has a Coca-Cola addiction that has had to be given special attention ahead of his WBA super featherweight title showdown against Filipino Nonito Donaire at the end of the month.
Vetyeka guzzles down litres of the fizzy drink every day and his management realised that they would need to curtail the habit to ensure that he stays within the required weight limit.
His manager, Andile Sidinile, said Vetyeka (33) was asked to give up his favourite beverage six weeks ago and the intervention had helped to keep him within the 57.5kg weight as the countdown continues to his date with Donaire in Macau, China, on May 31.
Simpiwe has sacrificed a lot because he understands what is at stake here,” Sidinile said.
He understands that should he get past Donaire, the world will be his oyster. He stands to make millions from super fights against either Nicholas Walters or Vic Darchinyan. Another potential money-spinner would be a fight against either Evgeny Gradovich or Alexander Miskirtchian.”
Vetyeka said he had set his sights on moving his wife and two children out of the shack they lived in in Duncan Village near East London in the Eastern Cape.
The money I am going to make from this fight against Donaire will buy a house. I am not interested in fast cars or a flashy lifestyle,” he said.
I have my eye firmly on the prize and I intend to unify all the titles in the division. My ambition is to become the undisputed champion so that I am able to secure a bright future for my family.”
Vetyeka s chief trainer, Vuyani Bungu, has kept him on a tight schedule and that has helped him forget the familiar taste of his beloved Coca-Cola.
Donaire (31) has reigned supreme in three weight divisions and has held the IBF, WBO and The Ring super bantamweight titles, among others.
But boxing critics believe the Filipino Flash” has not exuded anything close to the confident bravado of old in recent times and has looked vulnerable since he was beaten via unanimous decision by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux last April.
His trainer and father, Nonito Donaire snr, is not taking Vetyeka lightly and has spent the past few weeks studying the champion’s technique, trying to figure out how the South African beat Indonesian legend Chris Dragon John to win the WBA super featherweight title by a stoppage in the seventh round last December. John was bidding for his 19th defence of the WBA belt he won in 2004.
The Filipino media quoted Donaire snr as saying this week that Vetyeka has an awkward fighting style that will need special attention because it confuses opponents.
Vetyeka and his camp leave for Hong Kong on Tuesday. They will spend a week there before proceeding to China on May 26.
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