WBSS QUAR­TERS

There is tour­na­ment ac­tion at both ban­tamweight and cruiser

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EKATERINBURG, RUS­SIA

TWO World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries quar­ter­fi­nals take place this Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 13) at the Ekaterinburg Expo in Rus­sia on a bill co-pro­moted by Sauer­land Event, RCC Box­ing Pro­mo­tions and Pa­triot Box­ing Pro­mo­tions. At ban­tamweight, Mdantsane, South Africa’s two-di­vi­sion world cham­pion Zolani Tete, 27-3 (21), fights a fel­low south­paw in Ar­me­nia-born Rus­sian Mikhail Aloyan, 4-0 – a highly dec­o­rated for­mer top-class am­a­teur who lives in Novosi­birsk. The skil­ful Tete, who is han­dled by Frank War­ren’s Queens­berry Pro­mo­tions, can use his height and reach to keep Aloyan at bay – jab­bing and mix­ing in spite­ful strikes. Bar­ring any home cook­ing on the score­cards, Tete [above] can re­tain his WBO ti­tle on points.

In the cruis­er­weight tour­na­ment, Las Ve­gas’ An­drew Tabiti, 16-0 (13), and Rus­sia’s Rus­lan Fayfer, 23-0 (16), of Dzhubga, col­lide in a clash of heavy-handed un­beat­ens. Fayfer is an ex-rus­sian heavy­weight king, but has not faced as high a level of op­po­si­tion as Tabiti has. The com­posed, smart-box­ing Amer­i­can should be able to clev­erly ma­noeu­vre his way to a de­ci­sion from the judges, as­sum­ing they are not in­flu­enced by the lo­cal sup­port for Fayfer.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/JA­SON CAIRNDUFF

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