Tete Admits He Would Have Selected Payano as First WBSS Foe

By Alexey Sukachev

This past Friday night at the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow, the quarter-finals were set for Season II of the World Boxing Super Series - with tournaments taking place in the super lightweight and bantamweight divisions.

All sixteen participants in attendance

The bantamweight bracket will feature IBF world champion Emmanuel Rodriguez facing Australia’s unbeaten Jason Maloney. Ryan Burnett, who holds the WBA 'super' title, will be facing former four-weight world champion Nonito Donaire. Naoya Inoue, the WBA ‘regular’ champion, is going up against Juan Carlo Payano, and WBO world champion Zolani Tete takes on Mikhail Aloyan.

tete-aloyan spoke with Tete (27-3, 21 KOs) about making the decision to participate in the WBSS and selected a former champion in Aloyan (4-0, 0KOs) as his first opponent.

BoxingScene: You finished off Siboniso Gonya in just a 11 seconds in your title affair. What is the secret of getting that type of knockout?

Tete: To place a punch properly. To find the right moment and distance to place it, which is more important than just the power of [the punch].

BoxingScene: Who was your toughest opponent?

Tete: I suppose my toughest fight was a road bout with Argentinean Roberto Domingo Sosa, which I had lost on a very close split decision. My mother was ill at the time, and I couldn’t be at my full potential, as my thoughts were far from my opponent and the upcoming fight. That was a tough challenge.

BoxingScene: You have lost a couple of split decisions in your past. Were you misjudged in those fights?

Tete: No, I wouldn’t put it that way. I wasn’t fully concentrated on those fights for an assortment of reasons. That was true both for the Sosa fight, and for my fight with the strong Mexican Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas. I have mostly myself to blame.

BoxingScene: Had you been given a chance to determine your first opponent, who would you have chosen?

A: I think that I would have chosen Juan Carlos Payano for his intriguing and brave style

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CocoonOfHorror on 07-23-2018

I love that Tete admitted that he would rather face Payano in the first round. So used to hearing cliches about always wanting to fight the best. The purses escalate quickly in WBSS so the softest opponents maximum your expected…

Comment by The Akbar One on 07-23-2018

[QUOTE=Clegg;18961123]I haven't seen his split decision losses but I like that he doesn't blame the judges but seems to have focused on learning his lessons instead.[/QUOTE] Humble guy. I thought he was definitely robbed down in Argentina. He seemed to…

Comment by RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM on 07-23-2018

Payano is easy that's why

Comment by sammybee on 07-23-2018

I tip Tete to get to the grand finale of the WBSS.

Comment by Clegg on 07-23-2018

I haven't seen his split decision losses but I like that he doesn't blame the judges but seems to have focused on learning his lessons instead.

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