|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Born||8 March 1988|
Eastern Cape, South Africa
|Wins by KO||21|
Zolani Tete (born 8 March 1988) is a South African professional boxer. He is a former two-weight world champion, having held the IBF junior-bantamweight title from 2014 to 2015 and the WBO bantamweight title from 2017 to 2019.
Early life and amateur career
Tete grew up in the Mdantsane township. He had a rough childhood. His father was a pastor. Him and his brother, Makazole, took up boxing when Zolani was eight. Tete looked up to South African former world champions Vuyani Bungu and Welcome Ncita while in the unpaid ranks. Tete would later be trained by Bungu. He claims to have over 400 amateur fights, only three of which were losses.
Tete made his professional debut on May 2006. He won his first 8 fights by stoppage. In his eighth bout he won the WBF flyweight title, which he defended twice. Tete earned a shot at a major world title for the first time, beating Richard Garcia in a title eliminator by unanimous decision (118-108, 118-108, 118-110). Tete went on to face Moruti Mthalane for the IBF flyweight title, suffering his first loss with a round 5 technical knockout (TKO).
After the loss to Mthalane, Tete moved up to junior-bantamweight. He received another opportunity to fight in an IBF eliminator, but lost a majority decision (112–115, 112–115, 113–113) to Juan Alberto Rosas. After a bounce-back win, Tete fought in yet another eliminator but lost by split decision (113–115, 114–115, 115–114) to Roberto Sosa. Tete seem to befuddle Sosa with his length early on, but as the fight went on Sosa surged and earned the nod. Sosa received a warning due to low blows but there was no point deductions.
On November 2013, Tete would fight in a third IBF junior-bantamweight eliminator against former champion Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr.. Sánchez had lost the IBF title due to coming in overweight against Sosa, thus leaving the title vacant after beating Sosa. The winner would be the IBF's mandatory challenger to the winner of the Liborio Solís-Daiki Kameda unification bout. Tete knocked down Sánchez in round five before being dropped himself in round six. After being knocked down, Tete resorted to excessive holding, losing points in rounds eight and nine. However, he was able to put Sánchez away in round ten.
Solís would beat Kameda, but he also lost his title on the scales, leaving the IBF title vacant. Tete would face Teiru Kinoshita on July 2014 for the vacant title, winning a comfortable unanimous decision (119–109, 119–109, 118–110). After one successful defence, he chose to vacate the title rather than fight mandatory challenger McJoe Arroyo. Tete went on to sign with British promoter Frank Warren on December 2015.
Tete made his bantamweight debut in 2016. In his third fight at the weight, Tete claimed the WBO interim by beating Arthur Villanueva. Tete won a wide unanimous decision (120–107, 119–108, 119–108), dropping Villanueva in round eleven. Tete was later elevated to full champion by the WBO.
Professional boxing record
|32 fights||28 wins||4 losses|
|32||Loss||28–4||Johnriel Casimero||TKO||3 (12), 2:14||30 Nov 2019||Arena Birmingham, Birmingham, England||Lost WBO bantamweight title|
|31||Win||28–3||Mikhail Aloyan||UD||12||13 Oct 2018||Expo Center, Yekaterinburg, Russia||Retained WBO bantamweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: bantamweight quarter-final
|30||Win||27–3||Omar Narváez||UD||12||21 Apr 2018||SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained WBO bantamweight title|
|29||Win||26–3||Siboniso Gonya||TKO||1 (12), 0:11||18 Nov 2017||SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained WBO bantamweight title|
|28||Win||25–3||Arthur Villanueva||UD||12||22 Apr 2017||Leicester Arena, Leicester, England||Won WBO interim bantamweight title|
|27||Win||24–3||Victor Ruiz||TKO||7 (12), 0:50||4 Jun 2016||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Won IBF International bantamweight title|
|26||Win||23–3||José Santos González||TKO||7 (12), 2:37||12 Mar 2016||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|25||Win||22–3||Jether Oliva||UD||12||19 Dec 2015||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa||Won vacant WBO Africa junior-bantamweight title|
|24||Win||21–3||Diuhl Olguín||TKO||8 (10), 1:52||4 Sep 2015||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|23||Win||20–3||Paul Butler||TKO||8 (12), 1:34||6 Mar 2015||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Retained IBF junior-bantamweight title|
|22||Win||19–3||Teiru Kinoshita||UD||12||18 Jul 2014||Portopia Hotel, Kobe, Japan||Won vacant IBF junior-bantamweight title|
|21||Win||18–3||Juan Carlos Sánchez Jr.||KO||10 (12), 2:43||30 Nov 2013||Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Mexico|
|20||Win||17–3||Eduard Penerio||KO||1 (8), 2:37||23 Mar 2013||Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa|
|19||Loss||16–3||Roberto Sosa||SD||12||1 Sep 2012||Polideportivo Municipal Carlos Cerutti, Córdoba, Argentina|
|18||Win||16–2||Siphiwo Ntsangani||KO||1 (8), 0:34||30 Mar 2012||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|17||Loss||15–2||Juan Alberto Rosas||MD||12||26 Nov 2011||Plaza de Toros, Mazatlán, Mexico|
|16||Win||15–1||Olebogeng Motseki||TKO||7 (8), 2:24||11 Jun 2011||Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa|
|15||Win||14–1||Sipho Nkadimeng||KO||1 (8), 2:20||17 Dec 2010||Gompo Hall, East London, South Africa|
|14||Loss||13–1||Moruti Mthalane||TKO||5 (12), 2:27||1 Sep 2010||Carnival City, Brakpan, South Africa||For IBF flyweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Richard Garcia||UD||12||26 Feb 2010||Wembley Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|12||Win||12–0||Anthony Mathias||KO||1 (12), 2:38||20 Nov 2009||Wembley Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa||Won vacant WBO Africa flyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Rexon Flores||KO||1 (10), 0:28||29 Mar 2009||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|10||Win||10–0||Francis Miyeyusho||TKO||1 (12), 2:24||29 Jun 2008||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa||Retained WBF flyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Xolani Ntese||UD||12||30 Mar 2008||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa||Retained WBF flyweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Vicky Tahumil||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||23 Sep 2007||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa||Won vacant WBF flyweight title|
|7||Win||7–0||Wiseman Kega||KO||1 (6)||1 Apr 2007||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|6||Win||6–0||Vuyo Toyise||KO||1 (6), 1:30||4 Mar 2007||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|5||Win||5–0||Zukile Toko||TKO||5 (6)||9 Dec 2006||Indoor Centre, Mdantsane, South Africa|
|4||Win||4–0||Mthutuzeli Funde||TKO||1 (6), 1:44||7 Oct 2006||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|3||Win||3–0||Xolile Ngemntu||TKO||1 (6), 0:10||19 Aug 2006||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|2||Win||2–0||Thembinkosi Tywantsi||TKO||1 (4), 0:52||22 Jul 2006||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
|1||Win||1–0||Andile Solani||TKO||1 (4), 1:39||27 May 2006||Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa|
- "McJoe Arroyo to face Arthur Villanueva for vacant IBF super flyweight belt". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byDaiki Kameda
| IBF junior-bantamweight champion
18 July 2014 – 2 June 2015
Title next held byMcJoe Arroyo
Title last held byAlejandro Hernandez
| WBO bantamweight champion
22 April 2017 – 23 April 2017
Title next held byJohnriel Casimero
Title last held byMarlon Tapales
| WBO bantamweight champion
23 April 2017 – 30 November 2019
Daniel Jiménez vs. Harald Geier
| Fastest knockout in a title bout
11 seconds vs. Siboniso Gonya
November 18, 2017 – present