McCarter talks up storm against Tenge
NONI "She Bee Stingin" Tenge has had a good run, winning both the WBF and IBF welterweight titles, but her bubble will burst come September 30.
This warning was issued by Layla McCarter, who will fight Tenge for the vacant WBA junior middleweight title in East London next month. The fight will be organised by Sijutha Promotion at Alexander Golf and Country Club. The US fighter, nicknamed "Amazing", said she had great respect for Tenge.
"Tenge is breaking down barriers for future female boxers in South Africa so I regard her as a warrior. I know that Noni is big and that she has won most of her fights by KO, so I expect her to be strong. The fact that she accepted the fight with me makes me respect her courage.
"However, I believe that Noni and her team have made a mistake. I have too much skill and experience for Noni at this time. On September 30, Noni will have her first defeat."
McCarter, 33, turned professional in 1998. She has 34 wins (7 KOs), 13 losses and five draws.
Her manager Luis Tapia said previously undefeated fighters in Japan, Canada, and New Zealand received their first losses from his charge, who has competed over seven weight divisions and claimed world belts at featherweight, lightweight, and junior welterweight. "Layla has earned a reputation as a pound-for-pound great and as a fearless fighter who will take on anyone, anywhere. She has fought five times in her opponents' home countries and lost only once.
"Layla has not lost a fight since February 2007," said Tapia.
"Layla is excited for the opportunity to face Noni Tenge and for the chance to claim another world title in yet another weight class."
The undefeated Tenge lost the IBF welterweight title in the boardrooms last month because of inactivity.