This Saturday is week 2 of the newest season for the World Boxing Super Series tournaments. Here, it’s the second quarterfinal in the Bantamweight (118 lbs.) tournament, plus the launch of the Cruiserweight (200 lbs.) field, live from Russia. The fights stream live on DAZN this Saturday, October 13 with a fight time of 1:00 p.m. ET. Here is what you can expect on Saturday.
Zolani Tete (27-3; 21 KOs) vs. Mikhail Aloyan (4-0; 0 KOs) – Bantamweight Quarterfinal
Last week, Naoya Inoue violently punched his ticket to the semifinals – this week, someone will join him. The favorite here is WBO champion Tete. Ranked #2 in the division (behind only Inoue), Tete is a 30 year old South African fighter with over a decade of pro experience. He’s undefeated in the past 5 years against mainly good, but not spectacular, names. That streak includes an 11 second title fight KO against an 11-1 opponent – take that as you will. Aloyan is, yes, just 4-0 and a year and a half into his pro career. He is an accomplished amateur and two time Olympian. Opponents have been perhaps slightly better than you would expect for a first four fights, but still nothing much to write home about. Some amateurs struggle to get out of the points-based mindset, and Aloyan’s lack of any KOs is not a great sign in that area. He’s taking a huge step up here, but probably does have enough skill to not get completely blown away.
Prediction: Zolani Tete, UD
Andrew Tabiti (16-0; 13 KOs) vs. Ruslan Fayfer (23-0; 16 KOs) – Bantamweight Quarterfinal
Andrew Tabiti is Ring’s 8th ranked Cruiserweight, which is not at all bad for this stacked division. He’s a quick-handed fighter from the Mayweather camp, and thanks to his connection to the Money Team, he landed a very high profile opportunity fighting on the Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV card. There, he took a decision over veteran Steve Cunningham. He also has a good win over Keith Tapia from 2016. Russia’s Fayfer is also undefeated, with a bit more experience, but fewer high profile fights. His list of opponents is not super impressive, and he’s never fought on the big international stage. If I’m being honest, this is not a particularly intriguing fight.
Prediction: Andrew Tabiti, KO