According to Sowetan Live, WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete will now be trained by veteran coach Floyd Mayweather Sr.
This past weekend in Russia, Tete advanced in the opening round of the World Boxing Super Series tournament with a decision win over Olympic medalist Mikhail Aloyan, who was trying to capture a world title in only his fifth pro fight. The contest was tough, with the unbeaten two-time Olympian giving Tete a much tougher than expected clash in their twelve round scrap.
Tete will head to the semi-finals, as he will meet the winner of the upcoming WBSS collision between Ryan Burnett and Nonito Donaire. Tete is the third seed in the tournament, with Burnett being the second seed and Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue being the top seed - and the one who many believe will win it all.
Mayweather Sr., the father and trainer of five division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., was also in Russia for that card. He trains undefeated Andrew Tabiti, who advanced in his World Boxing Super Series fight, in the cruiserweight division, with a decision win over undefeated puncher Ruslan Fayfer.
The move to hire Mayweatehr Sr. was confirmed to the paper by Tete's manager Mlandeli Tengimfene.
"Zolani was supposed to have joined the top-of-the-range Mayweather Gym of Floyd Junior in Las Vegas before the fight against Mikhail," said Tengimfene.
"But I wanted somebody who has amateur background so I put the move on ice."
Tete remained with long-time trainers Loyiso Mtya and Mhikiza Myekeni.
"But going forward since we could meet the winner between Ryan Burnett [WBA champion] and Nonito Donaire in the semifinals, Zolani will be trained by Mayweather Senior," said Tengimfene.
"You need somebody with lots of experience, Mayweather has been there, done it all. The old man has accepted training Zolani and this is what Zolani wants."