Draw for bantamweight World Boxing Super Series to take place in July
Masterly boxing manager Mlandeli Tengimfene - whose sterling job in profiling Zolani "Last Born" Tete has quickly turned the WBO bantamweight champion into being a global sensation - says the draw for the bantamweight World Boxing Super Series will take place in Germany in July with seeded boxers choosing from the unseeded ones.
Confirmed world beaters in the roster for the eight-men tourney are Ryan Burnett of Northern Ireland (WBA champion), Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez (IBF titlist) and Naoya Inoue of Japan who is the WBO champion but in the junior bantamweight division.
Inoue will make his bantamweight debut on May 25 against Jamie McDonnell, and Onou must come out tops to gain entrance into the money spinning series.
"The trick will be if Zolani is seeded Number 1, he will then chose first," said Tengimfene whose negotiation skills saw Frank Warren, British top boxing promoter, sign Tete in 2015.
"There are bonuses. If you happen to fight a UK boxer purse monies are different to win bonuses and that of fighting a UK boxer. It's gonna be interesting."
Tengimfene - who retained BSA's manager of the year award in January, having won it last year, added: "The first quarter final will be in September/October and the second will be in January/February with the finals taking place in May/June next year.
"Zolani will not be involved in any fight between now and September. He cannot falter. Our attitude now is that we take one fight at a time, put it aside and focus in the next.
"We cannot underestimate any of the boxers that will be there but the difference that will work in our favour is Zolani's constant fighting outside South Africa. Fighting in Mexico, UK and Japan has turned Zolani's nerves to be those of steel. The timing of this series has found Zolani at his best.
"The experience of facing foreign fans is coming up nicely for Zolani. You can put Zolani wherever and against any sort of crowd but he will still jump inside the ring and produce the goods."
The main prize is four belts and the Muhammad Ali trophy. Automatically the winner becomes the undisputed bantamweight champion.
Tete is trained by Loyiso Mtya, Phumzile Matyhila and Zolile Tete, the boxer's father.
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