WBO bantamweight boxing champion Zolani Tete is training hard for his next fight in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) bantamweight tournament.
He believes a win in the finals would change everything for the boxing fraternity in South Africa.
Next up are the semi-finals. On April 27 in United States, Tete fight Filipino veteran Nonito Donaire, who is coming off a big upset win and holds the WBA’s world title at the weight.
Late last year the Tete teamed up with Floyd Mayweather Sr. in preparation for the tournament.
“The preparations have been going well – we’ve been training so hard in ensuring that when the time comes I’m ready,” said Tete to EWN.
“Winning this tournament would mean a lot in South Africa, we might see big sponsors coming in to rescue. By winning this could change the life of boxing in South Africa and can change the life of every boxer out there. The will know that there’s hope in showcasing their talent and dreams. For instance, now boxing is starting to be recognised in our country, even television broadcast that department in terms of sponsors is slowly working out, so overseas broadcast will be interested in our sport.”
The winner will take on the victor between Japanese WBA “regular’ holder Naoya Inoue and Puerto Rico’s IBF titlist Emmanuel Rodriguez‚ who will fight in Glasgow‚ Scotland‚ on 18 May.
Tete had a tough first round when he won a twelve round decision over Olympian Mikhal Aloyan. He faces Donaire at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette.
Donaire, who was coming off a decision loss to Carl Frampton, saved his career by shocking unbeaten champion Ryan Burnett last November in the first round of the tournament.
In what was a very close fight for three rounds, saw Burnett unable to continue after four rounds due to a back injury.