WBO world bantamweight champion Zolani Tete of South Africa is fighting fit and fired up for his bout with Russian Mikhail Aloyan scheduled for October 13.
Tete (27-3-0, 21KOs) will head to Russia to take on Aloyan in his own backyard as part of the first leg for the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS).
The 30-year-old, who hails from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, was last in action in April this year when he successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over Argentina Omar Narvaez in Belfast.
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Last week Tete travelled to the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Port Elizabeth where he underwent a series of tests to gauge his fitness level. Unsurprisingly, the champion boxer came through the tests with flying colours.
“We are delighted by the fitness level of Zolani and the scientists at HPC were amazed by the level of his fitness,” the boxer’s manager Mla Tengimfene was quoted by Dispatch Live.
Tete is the clear favourite ahead of his fight with Aloyan, a four-fight novice who will engage in his first world title bout, but the South African insists he is taking nothing for granted.
“I am training like I am preparing to fight a Floyd Mayweather,” Tete said. “This fight is very important to me because a win will take me to the next step of the WBSS.”
Tete, the only African boxer in the series, stands a chance to win the Muhammad Ali Trophy should he go on and win the series, with the final will likely be contested in July or August next year.