Zolani Tete Made World Record With Fastest 11s KO In Boxing History

WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete 29, (26-3, 21 KO’s) KO Siboniso Gonya in what was the fastest ever world title fight in the boxing history.

The 29-year-old landed a stunning blow on Siboniso Gonya’s chin at the SSE Arena in Belfast inside the first bell.

The referee waved off the fight at just 11 seconds. After receiving medical treatment, Siboniso Gonya was able to make it back to his feet, with the help of an oxygen mask. That was Gonya’s second loss in thirteen fights.

Zolani Tete retained his WBO bantamweight crown with the fastest ever world title KO.


Tete’s scintillating 11-second victory thrashed the previous record of 17 seconds, which belonged to former WBO super bantamweight champion, Daniel Jimenez.

Tete then set his eyes on Ryan Burnett for a unification bout.

“I’ve been preparing so hard for this fight,” said Tete.

“I knew Gonya wasn’t going to last. I won in the first round!
“My trainers are the ones doing the job behind the scenes; I would like to thank them.

“I would love to fight Ryan Burnett. I believe he stays here, this is his hometown, so we should see who is king of the bantamweights.”

He thanks his mom: “I must say thank you to my mother. Thank you for my support!”

Promoter Frank Warren backed up Tete’s comment:

“He was gone before he hit the canvas,” said Warren.

“Tete is something special. We’re going to make sure he’s busy.

“We are in Belfast because we want Ryan Burnett. If his manager Adam Booth wants to contact me we will make the fight here in Belfast.

“If Ryan believes he is the best then we have to find a way to do it. I already offered to fight on their show, Tete would have gone to Sky, and I’ve had paid their purse, but we didn’t hear back from them.

“Let’s give the fans what they want, the best fighting the best.”

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