Zolani Tete successfully defended his IBF super flyweight title after knocking out Paul Butler in spectacular fashion in the eight round. For the 26-year old South African this was the first defense of the title he won last year after defeating Teiru Kinoshita in Japan.
Tete controlled the fight from start to finish. Using his height and reach advantage beautifully to keep the challenger at distance with his strong jab. Butler tried to get on the inside, but despite his fast hands and great combination punches, he was hardly able to land a punch on the champion.
From the fifth round on, the British challenger started to take more risks knowing he was behind on the scorecards. But his efforts had very little effect. He was hitting air whenever he threw combinations and was countered at will. Tete even started to stun the challenger from the sixth round on.
Things came to an end in the eight round. While trying to get on the inside, Butler got caught with an incredible left uppercut by the South Africa. Butler went to the ground hard and got counted out with 1.30 minutes to go in the round.
Butler, who was a big favorite by the bookmakers in the United Kingdom, sees his record drop to 17 wins and one loss with eight wins coming by way of Knockout. The champion improved his record after this sensational performance to 20-3(17KO’s).