Rising South African boxing star Zolani Tete says he is confident ahead of his World Boxing Super Series fight against Russian Mikhail Aloyan in just over two months’ time.
Tete and Aloyan will meet on October 13 in Yekaterinburg, with the winner set to advance into the semifinals of the eight-man series, where they will come up against either Ryan Burnett or Nonito Donaire.
The Northern Irishman bantamweight Burnett is undefeated and the reigning WBA super world champion. The Filipino-American Donaire is a former four-time world champion.
The 30-year-old Tete, ranked number three in the Super Series, has far more experience than his Russian opponent and has no fear of fighting Aloyan in his backyard.
“I am looking forward to fighting the best fighters, and the best fighters are here,” said Tete, who was born in South Africa’s Eastern Cape but is currently based in the UK.
“I am very proud that I have such an opportunity fight the best fighters in this tournament. I feel very confident that I have what it takes.”
Tete is the current WBO bantamweight champion, and a former IBF flyweight champion. He has fought most of his major career bouts outside of his home country, including his latest victory over Omar Andres Narvaez in the SSE Arena in Belfast.
His opponent is 29-year-old Russian Aloyan, who only turned professional last year after previously representing his country at the Olympics. He lost his bronze medal from the 2012 Games after testing positive for a banned substance.