“I’ve been preparing so hard for this fight… I knew Gonya wasn’t going to last,” says the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight champ.
Zolani Tete’s devastating right hook — 5 seconds after the match started — to his opponent Siboniso Gonya made him a step closer to retaining his WBO belt. And after six more seconds when Gonya was out cold, the referee stopped the fight making it the fastest knockout in world championship fight history.
The remarkable match between Tete and Gonya held Saturday at the SSE Arena in Belfast lasted only 11 seconds.
It is now the fastest KO (knockout) in a world championship bout. The previous record was held for more than two decades by WBO super-bantamweight champion Daniel Jimenez who knocked out Harald Geier within 17 seconds in 1994.
Frank Warren, promoter, said: “He was gone before he hit the canvas. Tete is something special.”
Tete thanked his trainers; saying “my trainers are the ones doing the job behind the scenes.”
After his flawless victory, he set his sights on facing Ryan Burnett of the Northern Irelands.
Tete said: “I would love to fight Ryan Burnett. I believe he stays here, this is his hometown, so we should see who is king of the bantamweights.”
Watch this fight on this video shared by Boxing Fan via YouTube, don’t blink!