Champ Noni deals media blow below the belt

2011-06-18 19:23

Noni Tenge has hardly had time to wipe the sweat from her ­forehead when an impeccable source ascribed her unavailability to the media to arrogance.

All efforts by a number of ­reporters to reach her, including City Press’s, proved fruitless as they were snubbed by the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion.

Tenge became the first woman in Africa to win a world title when she stopped New Zealand’s Daniella Smith in round four at Carnival City last Saturday.

Unfortunately, the 29-year old East London champion has failed the prosperity test, according to our informant.

“A number of reporters have been battling to get hold of the now arrogant Tenge since she ­became a champion, but in vain,” said our flawless source.

City Press was keen on ­profiling the most successful woman boxer on the continent but on countless occasions, the ­boxer would promise she would call back but never did.

However, her promoter Branco Milenkovic said she was from a humble background and should therefore, not allow conceit to spoil her ­success.

“She got to the top through the media and she cannot afford to treat the media as nothing.”

About their preparation for the fight, Milenkovic said they spent sleepless nights in plotting the downfall of Smith.

“Hard work, hard work, hard work!” said Milenkovic.

“It took me more than 15 years to become the first promoter from Africa to make the first ­female world champion.

“It takes a good promoter and good boxers to make world ­champions and Noni’s hard work ­cannot be ignored.”

Milenkovic also highlighted that Tenge’s feat will change the ­complexion of the game in South Africa.

“I am happy that people will now take women boxing seriously and am talking to prospective sponsors to help Noni stay at the top for a while,” he said.

Milenkovic highlighted that Tenge will soon have her first ­defence in her backyard in East London in front of the people who are fanatical about boxing.

Tenge was cautious in the first two rounds against Smith but started letting loose towards the end of the third.
Smith wilted under a barrage of Tenge’s combinations in round four.

» Meanwhile, the Soweto ­Veteran Boxing Association will hold a general meeting at CWJ Boxing Gymnasium in Soweto ­today at 2pm, deputy chairperson Obed Molekwa announced.

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