Tete plans to end international title drought
APART from reclaiming the world championship, Zolani “Last Born” Tete will be out to become the first South African boxer in 17 years to win the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title.
The former undefeated IBF junior bantamweight champion will take on top ranked Arthur Villanueva for the WBO bantamweight title eliminator in Leicester Arena in England on Saturday.
The Puerto Rico-based world organisation has announced that the winner of the bout will face the winner between champion Fillipino Marlon Tapales and Shohei Omori 90 days after Saturday’s elimination bout.
Tapales and Omori will meet in Osaka, Japan, on Sunday.
The last time South Africa produced a WBO champion was in 2003. Corrie Sanders, who was shot dead in September last year, shocked the world when he knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in Hanover in Germany.
But it was Dingaan “Rose of Soweto” Thobela who paved the way in 1990 in the US. He defeated Mexican Mauricio Acaves on points in the lightweight division.
Three years later, Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala would step up to claim the crown in the flyweight division by defeating Scotland’s Pat Clinton in the UK.
Last year, two boxers failed in their efforts to bring home the WBO crown.
Ageing Mzonke Fana was easily defeated by lightweight champion Flanagan in Cardiff, Wales, in July last year.
And Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu was stopped in his tracks by highly rated Oleksandar Usyk in a cruiserweight bout in Carlifonia in December last year.
FIGHT NIGHT: Zolani Tete will take on Puerto Rican Arthur Villanueva at the Leicester Arena in England tomorrow.