Zolani Tete vs Mikhail Aloyan
WBO bantamweight world champion, South Africa's Zolani Tete, defends his title against top level Russian amateur, Mikhail Aloyan, in Russia, in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
Tete comes off an 11 second, 1 punch knockout, followed by an underwhelming, but very one sided win over veteran, Omar Narvaez. Aloyan, inexperienced as a professional, an underdog, but a great amateur, and having been 10 rounds twice, and 12 rounds, once.
Tete gets off to a great start, drops Aloyan, it is not a heavy knockdown, but Tete starts well, as he uses his jab, picks Aloyan off. Aloyan comes on in the mid rounds, lands some clean shots, and makes it hard for Tete to get his shots off. The fight is ugly in the second half, as the fighters clinch. Both fighters lose a point in the late rounds, Tete, for use of the elbow, Aloyan, for excessive clinching. The last 8 or 9 rounds of the fight are close.
Tete wins by unanimous decision, by a not wide but decisive margin, but doesn't really impress. Tete defends his title, and advances to the WBSS semi-finals.
After the fight, likely to be unhappy with his performance, Tete confirms he will train be trained by Floyd Mayweather Sr.