Throwback To The Quickest World Title Knockout In Boxing History
Just over two years ago Zolani Tete broke the record for the quickest KO in a world title fight when he stopped Siboniso Gonya in just 11 seconds.
They say speed kills and Tete proved that on November 18th 2017 when he killed Gonya's world title hopes with an incredibly quick finish in Belfast.
The WBO bantamweight champion was defending his title and took just seven seconds to put his opponent on the floor with one shot, with the referee officially waving the fight off after just 11 seconds.
Two years ago today, @zolani_tete knocked his opponent out in 11 seconds :boom:- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) November 18, 2019
The fastest KO in world title fight history
He returns to the ring on November 30th, live on BT Sport 1 HD :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/jZKGIXQkuR
Gonya had put himself in the position to fight for the title after winning five fight in a row and as the commentator pointed out Tete was a very avoided fight.
Unfortunately for the South African contender he hadn't fought anyone of note on his way to challenging and so the class divide was shown just seconds into the fight.
The defence for the South American smashed the previous record that stood at 20 seconds, when Gerald McClellan stopped Jay Bell in an WBC middleweight bout in Puerto Rico on 7 August 1993.
'Last Born's' incredible 11 second record still comes in over the record for the quickest fight ever recorded with Mike Collins ending a Golden Glove Tournament fight against Pat Brownson with the first punch of the bout after just four seconds in November 1947.
Tete unfortunately didn't get to show off all his skills in the recent World Super Series that pitted all the best bantamweight boxers in the world together.
The 31-year-old was entered into the competition, beating Russia's Mikhail Aloyan in the quarter final, but the South African had to pull out at the semi-final stage.
He would have faced legendary Filipino boxer Nonito Donaire in the semi-final with Donaire then going on to face Naoya Inoue in a match of the year final earlier this month.