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SA's Zolani knocks out Sanchez

Zolani Tete knocked out Juan Carlos Sanchez in the tenth round of an IBF super-flyweight title eliminator in Mexico on Saturday night.

The South African caused an upset of note when he won the bout in Mexicali to set himself up for a “world” title challenge against Roberto Domingo Sosa early next year.

Taking his professional record to 18-3, with his 16th stoppage win, Tete produced one of the best performances of the year by a South African. Sanchez, a former IBF champion in the division, now stands at 17-2-1, with nine knockouts.

Sanchez was stripped of the title in June this year for failing to make the weight for a fight against Sosa.

On the same bill, welterweight Jorge Paez improved to 37-4-1; 22 when he knocked out Ivan Hernandez (29-5; 23) in the seventh round. Hernandez was knocked down in the fourth round before another left hook ended the fight in the seventh.

In Chester, West Virigia, Paul Spadafora lost to Johan Perez, suffering his first defeat after 48 victories and one draw. Perez won the WBA interim super-lightweight bout by majority decision – 115-113 and 117-111, against 114-114.

Paul Spadafora, 38 years old, now has a record of 48-1-1, including 19 knockouts. Perez stands at 18-1-1, with 12 wins inside the distance.

In London, Derek Chisora stopped Ondrek Pala in the third round of a heavyweight bout to move his record to 19-4, with 13 knockouts. Pala, who fell to 32-4; 22, was hit behind the head and the referee probably stopped the fight too early.

Frank Buglioni remained unbeaten after 11 fights when he stopped Sten Horvarth in the eighth round at super-middleweight. Horvath, who was knocked down twice, dropped to 11-2; 3.

Another promising boxer, welterweight Bradley Skeete, beat former IBO champion Colin Lynes on points over ten rounds.

Skeete’s record moved to 14-0; 4. Lynes, now 37-11; 12, knocked his younger opponent down in the second round but was beaten 97-93, 96-94 and 96-93.


Manguan, China: Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-4-1; 12) retained his WBC minimumweight title when he knocked out late substitute Lookrak Kiatmungmee (7-5; 4) in the fifth round. It was his second defence.

Quezon City, Philippines: WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes improved his record to 32-1-4; 18 when he knocked out former WBA champion Samuel “Guty” Gutierrez 33-10-2; 23 in the third round. Gutierrez was down twice in the first round. The fight ended after 2 minutes 58 seconds of the third.

Merlito Sabillo, the WBO minimumweight champion, and Carlos Buitrago, both undefeated, drew over 12 rounds. Sabillo now stands at 23-0-1, with 12 knockouts, and Buitrago at 27-0-1; 16. The scores were 115-113 for Buitrago, 115-113 for Sabillo and 114-114.

Reading, Pennsylvania: Heavyweight Travis Kauffman moved his record to 27-1; 20 knocked out late replacement Jason Barnett (14-15; 7) after 2 minutes and 9 seconds to take over the vacant WBU intercontinental title. Barnet was knocked down twice before the knockout came.

Colon, Panama: Javier Prieto beat former WBA champion Vicente Mosquera on points to take the WBC lightweight silver belt and improve his record to 24-7, with 18 knockouts. Mosquera’s dropped to 33-3-1, including 18 knockouts.

The scores were 115-112 on two cards and 116-111.

On the same card former two-division champion Celestino Caballero stopped Nicaraguan Jimmy Aburto (14-3-2; 5) in the second round to claim the vacant WBC Latino featherweight title. Caballero, a Panamanian, improved to 37-5; 24. Aburto now stands at 14-3-2; 5.

Carolina, Puerto Rico: Thomas Dulorme beat veteran Hector Velazquez on points over ten rounds of a welterweight fight to move to 20-1; 14. Velazquez now stands at 54-20-3; 37.

Super-bantamweight Orlando del Valle (18-1; 13) stopped Jose Beltran (21-30-2; 12) in the fourth round.

Tokyo: Tadashi Yuba retained his Japanese super welterweight title by beating Yoshihisa Tonimura on a split decision over ten rounds – 96-95, 97-95 and 95-96. Yuba’s record now stands at 45-8-2; 32 and Tonimura’s at 16-9-4; 4.

The Japanese bantamweight champion, Kohei Ohba, improved to 35-2; 14 when he stopped Yuji Hasegawa (8-3; 2) just before the end of the fourth round.

Townsville: Australian lightweight Josh King (16-3; 8) outpointd Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-12-3; 22) over twelve rounds to win the WBO Oriental title. In a cruiserweight bout, Mark Flanagan (14-4; 9) stopped Ayitey Powers (18-23-1; 14) in the fifth.


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