There is tournament action at both bantamweight and cruiser
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.