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Poor Narvaez 'stole' purse by fighting magical Tete

Zolani Tete in action with Omar Andres Narvaez at the WBO bantamweight title fight at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday. /Jason Cairnduff / Reuters
Zolani Tete in action with Omar Andres Narvaez at the WBO bantamweight title fight at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday. /Jason Cairnduff / Reuters

Stan Christodoulou was not everybody's cup of coffee during his reign as the boss of South African boxing because he took no nonsense.

A boxer like Omar Andres Narvaez would have gone back home to Argentina without being paid even a cent of what he signed for to challenge WBO bantamweight champion Zolani "Last Born" Tete on Saturday night.

Simply put, he did not earn his purse money, therefore, he deserves absolutely nothing.

Some sparring sessions would have been far better than what took place in the second defence of his title.

The truth is, Narvaez is 42 years old and has reached the end of the road. The former two-time champion did not even try, and failed in the process to demonstrate that he is still very much alive.

It would be an insult to say he threw five jabs. He protected his face for 12 rounds; you would swear he was some model that did not want his face to be marked because of a multimillion-dollar advertisement he must do this week. The scores from all the judges were 120-108 which means Tete won all the rounds.

About 9000 British fans inside SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, were kept in suspense from round one until the 12th and last.

Tete's blossoming career is guided by Frank Warren, British biggest boxing promoter, whose Queensberry Promotions inked Tete in 2015 after Warren saw him destroy British star Paul Butler in eight rounds in Liverpool.

Tete last fought in South Africa in 2015 when he won the WBO Africa junior bantamweight title at Orient Theatre on December 18.

WBO is one of the top four most respected sanctioning bodies, the others being the WBC, WBA and IBF. That is the significance of Tete's title.

Tete's corner on Saturday was manned by trainers Loyiso Mtya and Phumnzile Matyhila. The 30-year-old former undefeated IBF junior bantamweight champion remains undefeated in six years. His record now reads 27 wins, 21 KOs and three losses while Narvaez has three defeats against 48 wins, 25 KOs.

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