ZOLANI "Last Born" Tete will challenge the winner of the unification bout between International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight champion Daiki Kameda and World Boxing Association (WBA) super junior bantamweight title holder Liboriso Solis.
Promoter Branco Milenkovic made the announcement on Sunday, after Tete’s stunning 10th-round stoppage win against hot favourite Juan Carlos Sanchez Junior of Mexico in an IBF title elimination bout that took place at Mexicali in Mexico on Saturday night.
"Tete is now officially mandatory challenger for the IBF world junior bantamweight champion," Milen-kovic said.
Japan’s Daiki Kameda, one of the three famous Kameda brothers who all went on to become world champions, will fight Solis. Tete will meet the winner of that fight, some time in March or April, said Milenkovic.
"It is sad that once again the South African boxing public could not witness another great performance by a local boxer abroad due to the SABC’s boxing blackout."
Milenkovic said many people did not give Tete a chance against Sanchez because he had beaten Alberto Juan Rosas, who in turn beat Tete on majority points for the IBF junior bantamweight title eliminator in Mexico in 2011.
"The victory on Saturday night just shows that Tete’s loss against Rosas was controversial."
Sadly, the deciding scorecard in that bout was that of South African judge Deon Dwarte. The Cape Town-based official scored the fight in favour of Rosas.
Tete’s fight on Saturday night was actually his third IBF title eliminator, the first being his loss to Rosas and another being a split-decision loss to Roberto Domingo Sosa in Argentina in September last year.
Milenkovic paid tribute to trainer Mhikiza "Showtime" Myekeni, a former South African and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) junior flyweight and World Boxing Council (WBC) international flyweight champion, and to Tete’s manager, Mla Thengimfene, for the fighter’s biggest win of his career.
According to BoxScene.com, both Tete and Sanchez, a former IBF world champion, hit the canvas during the fight. Tete dropped Sanchez in the fifth round, and Sanchez put Tete on the seat of his pants in the following round.
Apparently Tete was well on his way to being disqualified after losing points for holding in the eighth and ninth rounds, before catching a fatigued Sanchez at the right time.
A straight left hand coming at the tail end of a combination of punches put the former champ down on the canvas late in the 10th round, prompting referee Gary Ritter to halt the contest.