The World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) continued with two-quarter final contests from the bantamweight and cruiserweight divisions respectively.
Zolani Tete continued his love-hate relationship with the fans when an opening round knockdown of opponent Mikhail Aloyan proved to be the exception rather than the rule. Tete settled into an awkward negation of his game foe and won a deserved decision. The South African WBO king now faces the winner of the Ryan Burnett-Nonito Donaire fight.
Japan’s Naoya Inoue demolished Juan Carlos Payano in round one of their quarter-finals, and he will face the winner of next week’s Emmanuel Rodriguez-Jason Moloney scrap.
WBSS cruiserweight division action lit up the undercard as Andrew Tabiti advanced towards a semi-final shot after outpointing Ruslan Fayfer. Handled by the Mayweathers, unbeaten Tabiti got his breakthrough win on away soil, while switch-hitting Fayfer lost for the first time after 23 straight wins. The fight was messy and made for uncomfortable viewing; it is unlikely too many will be calling for a rematch. Tabiti will face the winner of Yunier Dorticos and Mateusz Masternak who meet on October 20.
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