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Zolani Tete: I'm The Real Champ, Not McJoe Arroyo

By Mesuli Zifo

The IBF junior bantamweight belt might have a new owner after Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo ascended the throne with a technical decision win over Filipino Arthur Villanueva at Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas at the weekend but Arroyo’s predecessor Zolani Tete insists that he is still the champion.

The South African left-hander dumped the belt into the dustbin when he realised that he would be paid a paltry purse for risking it against the Puerto Rican.

This after Golden Boy Promotions won the purse bids with just $25 000 which would have meant Tete would have been entitled to just 75 % of the bid.

Coupled with unfavourable conditions such having to arrive at the fight venue just four days before the clash, Tete (20-3, 17 KOs) opted to abdicate the crown rather than subject himself to disadvantages.

After watching Arroyo and Villanueva battling it out for the vacant crown, the hard- hitting Tete shook his head in disappointment.

“Firstly I did not see any of the two boxers deserving to fight for my title with the performance they put forth,” he said.

“Secondly Arroyo may have been declared a winner but he must know deep down that the true champion is still Zolani Tete. They use the belt as the ATM to make money but I hope one day our paths will cross when I have acquired another world title and then we can unify.”

Tete is still bitter with the manner in which he had to part with his title after retaining it in scintillating fashion when he knocked out previously unbeaten British star Paul Butler in eight rounds in his last fight in Liverpool, UK this past March.

The win proved that Tete is the world class fighter having first dealt a tenth round knockout beating over Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez in his own backyard in an eliminator two years ago.

He then dusted off his passport and headed to Japan where he also inflicted the first professional loss to Teiru Kinoshita to lift the vacant belt.

Despite opting to vacate the IBF, Tete who is scheduled to return to the ring on September 6 in his home town of East London, South Africa, against an opponent yet to be named, says he still values the IBF belt.

“I become the world champion when I won the IBF belt and I did so on Nelson Mandela’s birthday so to me that will for ever remain etched in my memory. The IBF will always have a special place in my heart and like I said I would love to take back my title from these pretenders.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pain~Lucy on 07-19-2015

I cant believe mcbum won a belt

Comment by Corelone on 07-19-2015

I was up for this fight from the start. The neutral site was good, but then they put in a Puerto Rican ref. Why? That just took all the neutral out of the fight. This had the makings of a…

Comment by PETUFF on 07-19-2015

Zolani just talk talk!simios hijos de su perrisima la que los pario haha:fing26::fing26:

Comment by Aztekkas on 07-19-2015

War Zolani! I'm sure you would handle the imposter with ease. The true IBF champion has spoken, Arroyo better enjoy his gift and keep the belt away from the Last Born, or he'll wake up strapless.

Comment by Aztekkas on 07-19-2015

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;15888919]Who has this bum fought nobody arroyo is the champ and will unify belts who ever want it come get it[/QUOTE] Are you serious? Smh... arroyo has fought no one compared to Tete... Tete is a world class talent with…

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