By Jim Dower: World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Zolani Tete 25-3, 21 KOs) successfully defended his 118 lb tite for the fourth time in defeating #10 WBO Mikhail Aloyan (4-1) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series 118 lb tournament at the Ekaterinburg Expo in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
The judges scores were 114-111, 114-111 and 114-110. Boxing News 24 scored it for the 30-year-old Tete by an eight rounds to four score. He got the better of the 2-time Olympian Aloyan, who did surprisingly well for a fighter with just four fights under his belt going into tonight’s contest.
It’s rare that a fighter with only four fights as a pro is able to fight for a world title, but with this being the WBSS tournament, it was made possible. Aloyan was a superb amateur fighter, and that counts for a lot. Aloyan came into the fight with Tete ranked #10 with the World Boxing Organization.
Tete knocked Aloyan down in the 1st round when he hit him with a shot that caused him to reach down with a glove to keep from hitting the deck. Referee Kenny Chavalier counted it as a knockdown.
Tete was doing a lot of holding in the fight, as was Aloyan. In round 10, Tete lost a point for holding excessively. A round later, the referee docked a point from Aloyan from holding as well. It was a questionable thing. It looked to some boxing fans like the referee wanted to give the point back to Tete that he’d taken in the 10th for holding.
Tete’s win moves him forward in the WBSS tournament, but he’s going to need to fight a lot better for him to get past WBA bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue, as he’s looking very hard to beat right now. Tete will need to resist urge to hold and actually fight if he’s to have a chance of beating the 26-year-old Inoue.
In other action on the card, cruiserweight contender Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 Kos) stayed unbeaten in defeating Ruslan Fayfer (23-1, 16 KO) by a close 12 round unanimous decision in their quarterfinal match in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament. The scores were 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113. The fight was a mauling affair with both guys grappling and landing little of substance. In the 12th, Fayfer was penalized a point by referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. for shoving Tabiti.
Tabiti, 29, did enough to get the win, but he looks like he’s no threat to beating former WBC champion Mairis Briedis. The difference in talent between Briedis and Tabiti is huge.
Super middleweight prospect Vladimir Shishkin (8-0, 5 KOs) defeated former light heavyweight world title challenger Nadjib Mohammedi (40-7, 23 KOs) by a 10th round knockout. Shishkin knocked Mohammedi down three times in the 10th round The fight was halted after the third knockdown.
Heavyweight contender Andrey Fedosov (31-3, 25 KOs) defeated Joey Dawejko (19-6-4, 11 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision. The victory for Fedosov was his seventh staight victory since losing to Bryant Jennings by a 12 round decision in 2013.
In other boxing results on the card:
Yury Kashinsky KO 3 Juan Ezequiel Basualdo
Magomed Kurbaov pts 10 Juan Rodriguez