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Can Tete maul Tamil in lion's den?

By unknown | Jun 22, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Prosperous boxing manager Mzimasi Mnguni has dismissed the mounting conviction that he is throwing Zolani Tete into the lion's den against Vicky Tamil.

Tete has only seven wins from as many fights.

The 19-year-old novice, who is perfectly nicknamed "The Rolling Stone", has flattened all seven of those opponents while Tamil, from Indonesia, boasts 33 victories from 36 fights. These two left-handers will fight for the vacant WBF flyweight title on August 17.

"I am an experienced judge," boasted Mnguni, who produced more world champions than any other trainer locally.

"I believe in Tete's ability, and besides, nobody locally wants to fight him".

Tete made a resounding professional debut in May last year when he destroyed Andile Solani in the first round.

Tete is ranked number four in South African ratings. Tamil, 33, has been a professional pugilist since 1998. He is the former PABA and Indonesian junior flyweight champion.

Mnguni will best be remembered for guiding Zolani Petelo to an IBF mini flyweight championship against a vastly experienced Ratanapol Sor Vorapin in Thailand in 1997.

Petelo had only 12 wins and two losses while Vorapin had chalked up 35 wins and only two defeats.

The Thai fighter, who was bidding for the 21st defence, succumbed to Petelo' s punching power in the fifth round. Mnguni's assessment cannot be taken for granted but the fact remains that Tete has been thrown into the lion's den.


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