Zolani Tete Hopes to Face Naoya Inoue in the Future!
WBO Bantamweight champion Zolani Tete hopes a unification bout can still take place with IBF champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue sometime down the line. The 31-year old South African boxer had to pull out of the famed WBSS tournament due to shoulder injury. This disappointed many fans and pundits.
It was a majority consensus among the boxing community that the final round would have featured the two knockout artists. However, it will instead feature a unification with WBA super champion Nonito Donaire facing the IBF champion Inoue.
Although forced to spectate from the sideline, the WBO champion still holds hope of the fight happening. He shared his thoughts on the situation in a recent interview.
“At some stage, that boxer will have to face me and WBC champion (Nordine Oubaali) in order to hold all the belts and be rightfully declared the undisputed champion.”
The southpaw fighter would also add his thoughts on what the outcome would have been if the fight with WBA champion Donaire would have taken place.
“I watched Donaire against Stephon (the replacement fighter), and I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I would have beaten him. “I also watched Inoue and Rodriguez last weekend. Inoue is really proving to be a good fighter.”
Tete would continue to say that he believes that IBF champion Inoue would win the WBSS, and that hopefully seeking to become undisputed would give him a chance to face the Japanese phenom.
By: Garrisson Bland