Zolani Tete gives up WBF flyweight title

South Africa's youngest world champion, Zolani Tete, has relinquished his World Boxing Foundation (WBF) flyweight title and will not defend his world crown on September 28 at the Orient Theatre in East London.

South Africa's youngest world champion, Zolani Tete, has relinquished his World Boxing Foundation (WBF) flyweight title and will not defend his world crown on September 28 at the Orient Theatre in East London.

Tete was scheduled to defend the title against Colombian John Alberto Molina.

Instead, he will now engage in non-title bout against Argentinian Sergio Carlos Santillan in the junior bantamweight division.

Asked why Tete was not defending his crown as originally planned, his promoter Mzi Mnguni said the youngster wanted to test the waters in the junior bantamweight division.

"There are many possibilities out there, especially for a young boxer like Tete," he said.

Tete's vacating of the WBF crown is another blow to the Australian-based world body that has been severely criticised for its mediocre bouts in the country.

The WBF, regarded as a fringe world title, was heavily criticised for sanctioning a mismatch involving Tete against Tanzanian challenger Francis Miyeyusho who fell in the first round without being hit by any punch of significance. - Sapa

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