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Boxing legend Zolani “Lastborn” Tete’s licence suspended

By Linda Ximba

Boxing South Africa (BSA) suspended the licence of former world boxing champion Zolani “Lastborn” Tete following a failed drugs test.

His manager Mlandeli Tengimfene revealed, however, that his team has opened an internal investigation into his trainers to establish how the substance got into the boxer’s body.

“We are not surprised by BSA’s decision because they don’t want to associate themselves with something that will tarnish the image of boxing,” Tengimfene told Scrolla.Africa.

“But we are adamant that the boy never cheated hence we are looking forward to the sample B testing.”

Tete failed a doping test in the United Kingdom where he won three titles simultaneously – the Commonwealth, IBF and WBO International belts after a fourth round knockout of Jason Cunningham on 2 July this year.

He was accompanied by his trainers Phumzile Matyila, Loyiso Mtya and Makazole Tete.

“I will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of this,” vowed Tengimfene.

If the “B” sample comes back positive, the 34-year-old Tete could be suspended from boxing for four years. If his camp makes a convincing argument that he didn’t knowingly use the banned substance, the ban could be reduced. If found guilty, his bout with Cunningham will be changed to a no-contest.

The Eastern Cape southpaw is a former World Boxing Organisation bantamweight champion and former International Boxing Federation junior featherweight title holder.

He is currently ranked third by the WBO and sixth by the IBF in the junior featherweight division.

Pictured above: Zolani Tete

Image source: Supplied

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