Zolani Tete

Zolani Tete

Date of Birth: 8th March 1988
Class: Bantamweight
Height: 5ft 9in (175cm)
Career Achievements

WBO World Bantamweight Champion (2016-present)

IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion (2014-2015)

Latest BoxNation Fight

18th November 2017 - 1st round KO over Siboniso Gonya

Zolani Tete is a skilled southpaw and one the most talented boxers on the planet.

'Last Born' is also a two-weight World Champion, having picked up world honours at Super-Flyweight and Bantamweight in recent years. He currently holds the WBO crown at 118lbs and hopes to unify in 2018.


The South African talent has become a popular name in Britain, first announcing himself to the BoxNation crowd in March 2015 when he tore up the script in Liverpool. Tete stunned then-undefeated Paul Butler to defend his IBF World Title with a eye-catching knockout win.

Tete Butler

In December of that year, he inked a promotional deal with Frank Warren. He returned to Liverpool for his next two outings, first picking up the IBF International Bantamweight belt with a seventh-round stoppage win over Jose Santos Gonzalez in March 2016.

The Echo Arena was the scene of another Tete TKO three months later, with Victor Ruiz becoming the second straight opponent to be stopped in the seventh round and the South African again proved his status amongst the sport's elite.


A bout with former World Title challenger Arthur Villanueva was next for the southpaw, who boxed beautifully in Leicester as he dropped his Filpino foe in the 11th round. The points win resulted in Tete picking up the vacant WBO World Bantamweight Title.

The newly-crowned Champion defended his belt in November 2017 against compatriot Siboniso Gonya, promising an early knockout in Belfast.

Tete did not disappoint, putting Gonya to sleep with his first punch and setting a world record for fastest knockout in a World Title fight at just 11 seconds.

On April 21st, Tete returned to the scene of his world record knockout in Belfast for his next defence against former two-weight World Champion Omar Narvaez.

In the co-main event to Carl Frampton v Nonito Donaire, Tete promised fireworks, but unfortunately his opponent had other plans. Narvaez refused to really engage across the 12 rounds and Tete was a clear winner on points.


The slick speedster is hoping to face fellow World Champion Ryan Burnett and Japanese 'Monster' Naoya Inoue, who has moved up from Super-Flyweight.