WBO bantamweight titleholder Zolani Tete will face battle-hardened Argentinean Omar Narvaez in help of the Carl Frampton-Nonito Donaire featherweight match up on the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday.
Tete, who is rated No. 1 by the THE RING Magazine at 118 kilos, reportedly had a nine-week camp – what his crew calls “his best ever camp” – and has whipped himself into wonderful form. He arrived per week prematurely of the bout, travelling from his dwelling in South Africa, by way of Doha, into Dublin and then drove to Belfast in a near-day-long journey.
Tete (26-Three, 21 knockouts) is properly conscious that Narvaez (48-2-2, 25 KOs) has received world titles at flyweight and junior bantamweight and will participate in his 32nd world title battle – solely Julio Cesar Chavez (37) and Bernard Hopkins (33) have extra world title fights in historical past – however believes that, at 42 years outdated, Narvaez’s greatest is behind him.
“I have a lot of respect for Omar,” Tete advised RingTV.com. “His losses are in opposition to the perfect on the planet and he solely misplaced on the planet title defenses. That alone says loads about him. He is a (former) two-weight world champion and I believe he defended his flyweight title plenty of occasions. He has plenty of expertise; nonetheless this is my time and his is gone.
“He is stocky and brings alongside plenty of championship expertise. We are each southpaws; I’ve an extended attain (Editor’s be aware: Tete’s attain is 72 inches and Narvaez’s attain is 64 inches. Tete additionally holds a seven-inch peak benefit) and energy and I’m at my greatest now. No one together with Omar would stand in entrance of me. The age is in opposition to him and he is quick and he received’t be capable to get near me.”
The heavy-handed South African comes into this battle after blasting out countryman Siboniso Gonya in simply 11 seconds of the opening spherical to register the quickest knockout in world title historical past.
Tete is understandably brimming with confidence and has a message for all the highest weapons at 118 kilos.
“That was a great feeling,” he mentioned, “but that’s history now. My focus is to be amongst the best in the world and I can only do that against the best and I will start with Omar. Let us have one king at bantamweight. I am inviting every champion to lift up his hand and be counted.”
While Tete is targeted on Narvaez, he is additionally eager to ship a message to IBF titlist Ryan Burnett. Interestingly Tete is combating in Burnett’s hometown for the second consecutive time and intends to disclose the world’s greatest bantamweight to Irish followers.
“I have sent a message, the last time I was in Belfast, to him and maybe it did not get through to him,” Tete mentioned playfully. “This time around, I will go straight in his backyard to deliver the message personally.”
His supervisor Mlandeli Tengimfene is eager to provide his fighter each alternative to make that declare come true.
“Our plan is to unify the division,” defined Tengimfene. “If the champions don’t present up, we’re taking a look at combating elite boxers from U.Okay and anyplace all over the world.
“We have just renewed our promotional contract with (Frank) Warren – for two years – and we are looking forward to working with him for sometime. At some point, if there is nothing coming up at bantamweight, we will have to go up to the junior featherweight division.”
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