Tete Says He’ll Face Inoue At 118lbs

Naoya Inoue defends his WBO Super Flyweight World Title against Yoan Boyeaux this weekend in Japan, but he’s reportedly planning to move up to Bantamweight, where Zolani Tete holds the WBO belt. Tete says he is willing to take on the unbeaten two-weight World Champion should he move up in weight.

When asked on Twitter if he would face the avoided 24-year-old, Tete replied: “Those are the kind of fights we’re looking for. I’m ready to fight anyone in the Bantamweight division.”

Nicknamed ‘Monster’, Inoue has stopped 12 of his 14 opponents and is regarded as one of the finest fighters pound-for-pound. In September, he took his talent stateside when stopping Antonio Nieves in California.

Tete defends his belt against experienced Omar Narvaez on February 10th in London. After that defence, the South African wants to unify at 118lbs where Ryan Burnett holds the WBA ‘Super’ and IBF belts and Luis Nery is the WBC Champion.

With Burnett’s camp seemingly reluctant to discuss a unification, Tete may be forced to look elsewhere. A bout against Inoue would be a mouth-watering match-up for fans, pitting the best versus the best.

By: Chris Henderson

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