- Zolani Tete is the WBO bantamweight champion
- He has been included in the second instalment of the World Boxing Series
- The Series has a total prize fund of $50m (R612m)
WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete could soon be smiling all the way to the bank after being included in the second instalment of the World Boxing Series.
The Series has a total prize fund of a whopping $50million (R612million), Briefly.co.za learned.
The highest prize Tete has won is R1.2million when he defended his title recently, according to Times Live.
The Series could therefore result in the biggest payday of Tete's life. In an interview, the 30-year-old boxer recalled the challenging times before he got to this point. He said:
I pray a living God. You know‚ there were times in my life where things were not going well and I actually concluded that I would not make it in boxing.
But the God of Gods has shown me that those times when I was losing my fights was the journey he was taking me through‚ preparing me for what was to come in future. That day has come.
As the WBO champion, the Eastern Cape-born Tete will compete with other champions in the bantamweight division.
The other competitors include IBF champion Emmanuel Rodriquez from Puerto Rico and WBA super bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett from Belfast. WBO junior bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue from Japan is also in the lineup.
Boxing SA CEO, Tsholofelo Leajaka, commended Tete and wished him well:
We believe it could not have come in a better time because it falls directly in line with Zolani's long pronounced ambition of unifying the division.
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