By Ron Jackson
After an absence of eight months former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he faces Filipino Rexon Flores in a scheduled ten rounder at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete suffered a mysterious illness in September last year and was forced to relinquish his WBF belt. However, he has subsequently been declared fit to fight.
The southpaw Tete 10-0; 9 one of the outstanding prospects in South African boxing made his pro debut on May 27, 2006 with a first round stoppage win over Andile Solani and racked up inside the distance wins over Thembinkosi Tywantsi, Xolani Ngemtu, Mthutuzeli Funde, Zukile Toko, Vuyo Toyise and Wiseman Kega before scoring a fourth round technical knockout win over Vicky Tahumil from Indonesia to win the World Boxing Foundation flyweight belt.
In 2008 he scored wins over Xolani Ntese and Francis Miyeyusho in defence of his WBF belt before collapsing with a mysterious illness while out on a training run.
The experienced Flores 19-5-4; 9 from Cadiz City in the Philippines has been a professional for eight years and is a former WBO Asia Pacific flyweight champion and the current WBO Inter Continental light flyweight champion. He fights from the orthodox stance.
In August 2006 he lost on points to the unbeaten Omar Andres Narvaez in a challenge for the WBO flyweight belt and in March 2008 lost on points to the highly rated Koko Kameda who was unbeaten at the time and in July he outpointed Julius Agcopra over eight rounds.
In his most recent fight in October last year he was stopped inside the distance for the first time in his career by Nick Otieno who knocked him out in the eighth round.
The 26-year-old Flores could extend the unbeaten and taller South African who will possibly have to go the full distance for a hard earned victory.
Promoter Mzi Mnguni also has an interesting junior light weight fight on the bill between Thanduxolo Dyani and Simpiwe Foba.
Dyani will be having his first fight since the loaded glove incident in his fight with former SA junior featherweight champion Edward Mpofu.