Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Zolani Tete Accuses Naoya Inoue of Ducking Him

By Mesuli Zifo

YET another high profile boxer has sidestepped fiery WBO bantamweight champion Zolani Tete.

This time it is Japanese star Naoya Inoue who has decided to seek a title in another direction rather than challenge Tete even though he had intimated that he will do so beforehand.

Inoue announced that he would instead move up a division to pursue his third world divisional title by going after Jamie McDonnell's WBA regular belt in a bout scheduled for May 25 in Japan.

tete-inoue

This is a big change of heart from his earlier undertaking that he would focus on Tete's WBO belt to continue his association with the sanctioning body whose crown he held in the junior bantamweight division.

After dispatching over-matched Frenchman Yoann Boyeaux this past December, Inoue said he would be targeting Tete, adding the South African southpaw has been on his radar for a while now.

Tete won the IBF junior bantamweight belt beating another Japanese Teiru Konoshita in 2014. marking the first time seeds of a potential clash with Inoue were sowed.

After vacating the IBF trinket, Tete moved up to the bantamweight to claim the WBO for which he will make the second defence against one of Inoue's previous victims Omar Narvaez at SSE Arena in Belfast on April 21.

He had hoped that after getting the mandatory defence against the Argentinean veteran out of the way he would accommodate Inoue.

“But we were surprised when Inoue announced that he is going after McDonnell instead,” said the boxer's manager Mla Tengimfene.

While the clash against Inoue would have garnered interest with the camps of the two boxers having already started negotiations, boxing fans will have to wait a little longer to see it.

Tete says he hopes Inoue will not go back on his word on his wishes to duke it out with him in the ring.

“I just hope that Inoue is taking a strategic fight here and he will still be opened for us to fight,” he said.

But with him being avoided like plaque by other champions in the division, Tete is not holding his breath.

He has already seen fights against Zhanat Zhakiyanov fizzle out. The latest to run for dear life at Tete's mention is Ryan Burnett who has just vacated the IBF belt to remain with the WBA title.

Tete will make his second trip to Belfast in his efforts to lure Burnett into the ring.

In his first bout at SSE Arena last November, he broke a world record by registering the quickest knockout in a world championship fight when knocking out compatriot Siboniso Gonya in 11 seconds.

Not only did Burnett refuse to bite but he did not even bother to attend the fight held right in his doorsteps.

“I am going back there to fight in Burnett's backyard until he succumbs to public demand,” Tete said.

Tete has just reunited with his long time chief trainer Loyiso Mtyha who was absent in the historic win over Gonya.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Letmaku on 03-08-2018

Naoya is not a duck! Just wait you will be paid 6 digit$ to be waylaid. Why not call out Pedboy Nery instead.

Comment by chico malo loc on 03-08-2018

tete is a real road warrior! but inoue is just to good and would beat tete!

Comment by Feint First on 03-07-2018

Quit ducking Sor Rungvisai and take your beating like a man you hypejob fake monster.

Comment by angkag on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=PURIST;18551815]Naoya stops this no name from a 4th world ****hole[/QUOTE] Donald, that you ? Don't you have a country to run ?

Comment by TheClap on 03-07-2018

[QUOTE=PURIST;18551815]Naoya stops this no name from a 4th world ****hole[/QUOTE] South Africa is a 4th world what? Cry, the Pathetic uneducated peasant. bliksem hol naier

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (31)
Top Headlines Arreola: Wilder Has That Killer Instinct, He Will Knock Joshua Out! Mikey Garcia Explains His Confidence Against Lomachenko BoxingScene.com's Championship Stats and Records Hosea Burton: Anthony Yarde Is Useless, I'd Knock Him Out Photos: Steven Butler Breaks Down and Stops Carson Jones Daniel Dubois: I Feel Ready For Nathan Gorman Showdown Fury: My Plan is To Beat Wilder, Joshua - Don't Care About Others News: Reagan Dessaix, Ardreal Holmes, Raquel Miller, More There's Something Evil in Boxing and it Stinks De La Hoya: Everyone in Mexico Wants Canelo To KO GGG! Jose Pedraza Feels Ray Beltran Will Be a Better Style For Him Carlos Cuadras To Resume Career in August, at Bantamweight Koncz: When Pacquiao Event Happens, Doubters Can Eat Words Steven Butler Drops, Stops Carson Jones in Seventh Round Ambo Decisions Ligas; Andales Outpoints Lausa in Bacoor City Hammer: Fight With Shields Will Be Biggest Women's Fight Ever McGuigan Not Worried About Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez in U.S. Hearn: At This Stage, I Believe Wilder Does NOT Want Joshua Fight! Usyk-Gassiev: Chudinov, Shafikov, Ponomarev, Andreev on Card Murray: I'm Willing To Face Saunders - If There is Insurance Miguel Berchelt Warns Roman: Now I Will Take Your Head Off! Josh Taylor: I Started Very Poorly, I Thought Postol Was Slower Parker Very Confident His Chin Will Take Dillian Whyte's Power Golovkin Promoter: Rematch Can Rehabilitate Canelo's Image Anthony Yarde: Mike Tyson Built His Career, I’ve Got To Do That Ohara Davies is Ready: Jack Catterall is Next on My Hitlist! Waseem Continues Training Hard For Mthalane IBF Title Clash Dubois: It's Risky For Both - But I Favor Wilder To Beat Joshua Arum: If Pacquiao Fight Fall Out, I'll Try For Crawford-Matthysse Thulani Mbenge Stops Diego Chaves in Seven To Grab IBO Belt Miguel Roman Smashes Marcano in Two, Sets Up Berchelt Shot Pacquiao Coach: We Found Several Defects in Matthysse's Style Miguel Berchelt Crushes Jonathan Barros in Three Rounds Vergil Ortiz Blasts Out Juan Carlos Salgado in Three Rounds Murat Gassiev: Location Will Hold No Advantage Against Usyk Joseph Diaz vs. Jesus Rojas in Play For August 11 Josh Taylor Drops, Decisions Viktor Postol in Tough Fight Martin Murray Beats Garcia By Decision in Foul-Filled Fight Josh Taylor vs. Viktor Postol - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Tony Yoka Breaks Down, Batters, Stops David Allen in Tenth
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement