Via Jack Tiernan: Former double world champion Zolani Tete (30-4, 23 KOs) named IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev last Saturday night after finishing sixth in the WBA Jason Cunningham (31-7, 7 KOs) in round 4 at Wembley Arena in London, England.
The 34-year-old Tete beat Cunningham twice in the fourth round to win tickets to the knockout round. The first knock was from a beauty like a laser left hand that Tete throws with terrifying speed.
The key question is whether Tete promoter, Frank Warren, can set up a fight with the undefeated IBF & WBA Akhmadaliev (11-0.8 KOs).
Akhmadaliev’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, will try to line up an undisputed 122 lb clash with the next WBC/WBO champion Stephen Fulton.
It’s great that Tete wants a world championship title against the talented 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Akhmadaliev. However, he has much more to achieve in an undisputed matchup against WBC/WBO 122-lb champion Fulton.
Hardcore boxer Zolani Tete hasn’t been involved most of the time since losing his WBO bantamweight belt to his hands. John Riel Casimero by third round knockout in November 2019 in Birmingham, England.
Until last Saturday night’s win over 32-year-old Cunningham, Tete had only fought once since losing to Casimero, beating driver Iddi Kayumba last December.
Although Tete is ranked #6 with the WBO, he is not listed in the IBF or WBA top 15, and those are the titles that Akhmadaliev holds.
“Yes, I deserve the title of world champion and I can’t wait for that to happen,” Zolani Tete told iFL TV after his fourth-round knockout win over Jason Cunningham on Saturday night. before.
“I’m looking forward to it and I believe Mr. Frank Warren will make it possible for me and my team to do that, and I’m looking forward to it,” Tete said when asked if he was ready for a title. the world is not at super bantamweight yet.
“We’re going to sit down as a team and decide what the plan for the fight is because every war we’re in, we’re going with the plan of the war,” Tete said when asked. whether he believes he will reach a 122-lb IBF/WBA knockout champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev in the same style as he did with Jason Cunningham.
Bring him to me and the same thing will happen.
– Zolani Tete (@zolani_tete) July 3, 2022
“So I don’t know what my coaches are planning for the game, but I believe the goal will be to win the game. The main aim is to win the match and I believe I will win when given the chance,” said Tete of his focus on beating IBF & WBA super bantamweight champion Akhmadaliev by any means possible. maybe.
“I think a lot of boxers will say, ‘Hey, Zolani, this guy’s back.’ In fact, they never lost me. I was there, but because Covid is here, and I lost [John Riel] Casimero, I can’t make it through. But I believe now, they know Zolani Tete is back,’ Tete said.