Amaz­ing chance for Tete

Sunday World - - WORLD OF SPORT - BON­GANI MAGASELA

WHEN one door closes an­other one opens, but we of­ten look so long and re­gret­fully at the closed door that we don t see the one

’ that has opened. That was the case with Zolani Last

“Born Tete the IBF In­ter­na­tional

” – ban­tamweight cham­pion whose fo­cus was

– on Lee Hask­ins.

The English­man, who holds the ac­tual IBF ban­tamweight belt, had com­mit­ted ver­bally to de­fend­ing against Tete.

Hask­ins made the prom­ise prior to wit­ness­ing Tete de­mol­ish Mex­i­can Vic­tor Ruiz in seven rounds to re­tain the in­ter­na­tional belt at Echo Arena in Liver­pool on June 4.

Hask­ins be­gan dilly-dal­ly­ing de­fend­ing against the hard-hit­ting lo­cal who has left 20 of his 24 vic­tims count­ing the stars.

The 28-year-old left-handed Tete, who is touted as one of the best box­ers to come out of Africa in re­cent years con­firmed his eyes were firmly fixed on Hask­ins. It could be that my first world ti­tle the “– ju­nior ban­tamweight belt was also from

– the IBF,” said Tete, who va­cated the belt be­cause of the pal­try purse he was to earn for his manda­tory de­fence against McJoe Ar­royo in Puerto Rico. I was be­gin­ning to stress re­ally when “Lee Hask­ins showed no in­ter­est in de­fend­ing against me,” said Tete. But Tete s man­ager Mlan­deli Tengim­fene

’ came with good news that the WBO had ap­proved him to op­pose No 1 con­tender Arthur The Mata­dor Vil­lanueva in an

“” of­fi­cial ti­tle elim­i­na­tor in the UK on Novem­ber 26.

The win­ner of that bout, to be staged by Tete s English pro­moter Frank War­ren,

’ will earn the rights to chal­lenge WBO ban­tamweight holder Mar­lon Ta­pales from the Philip­pines early next year. It re­ally goes to show that we spend “qual­ity time look­ing for luck to come through the door when it is al­ready in through the win­dow,” said Tete, who vowed a win against Vil­lanueva. Tete s skills are pol­ished by suc­cess­ful

’ vet­eran trainer Loy­iso Mtya, a for­mer boxer, pro­moter and act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Box­ing SA in Mdantsane, East Lon­don. I have been in camp here in “Jo­han­nes­burg since last week,” said Tete who re­vealed he would cam­paign in both the ju­nior ban­tamweight and ban­tamweight classes. He is rated No 3 by the WBC. Tengim­fene said: The pieces of a jig­saw

“puz­zles are com­ing to­gether for Zolani and we are all ex­cited.”

Tete won the IBF in­ter­na­tional ban­tamweight belt with a sev­enth round de­struc­tion of Jose San­tos Gon­za­les in Liver­pool on March 12.

Tete has been adopted by Liver­pool fans ever since he blasted their own idol Paul Baby Faced As­sas­sin But­ler in the eighth “” round in the UK in March last year.

It was af­ter that de­mo­li­tion act that War­ren inked the charis­matic South African.

War­ren, from Hert­ford­shire in the UK, has pro­moted a num­ber African greats in­clud­ing Ja­cob Baby Jake Mat­lala and

“” Thu­lani Sugar Boy Malinga (both lo­cal),

“” Namib­ian Harry The Ter­mi­na­tor Si­mon

“” and Ghana­ian icon Azumah The

“Pro­fes­sor Nel­son.

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