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Zolani Tete scores fastest knockout win in history over Gonya

Written By | Nov 18, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 18, 2017 –  Today in Belfast, bantamweight phenomenon Zolani Tete of South Africa scored the fastest knockout on record. It took him a mere six seconds to land a single perfect right to the chin of countryman Sibonisa Gonya, and 11 seconds to win the fight as the referee began his count for Gonya. It was the sole punch Tete threw in the fight.

The count was stopped when it quickly became obvious Gonya was out cold and would not be getting up.

Zolani Tete

An elated Zolani Tete celebrates his swift victory.

Tete 1st Round KO is rare

First round knockouts are rare in boxing. Most fighters use it as a “feeling out” round, getting comfortable with their opponent’s rhythm and settling in.

A knockout within the first minute is far more rare.

Tete (26-3, 21 KOs) retains his WBO championship title with his defeat of Gonya (11-2, 5 KOs), who was immediately attended to in the ring by physicians and left with an oxygen mask on but under his own power.

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Tete had predicted he’d win in four. Everyone assumed he meant four rounds, not seconds.

“I was training so hard for this fight, I knew he would not last in front of me. I want to thank my trainers, beause they are the ones doing the job, who prepare me for the fight, giving me strength every time I’m training, they are working me hard. That’s why the fight went so easy.”

See this record-setting knockout and post-fight interview for yourself.

Tete Stats

The stats for Tete in the fight are like nothing you’ll ever see again. He’s one of one in total punches, for a 100 percent connect rate. He’s also one for one and 100 percent in the power punching category.

Promoter Frank Warren said “He is something special. He is one of those special fighters that come along one in a blue moon. What he’s got going for him is confidence, a great team around him, we’re going to keep him busy.”

The reason two South Africans found themselves in front of an Irish audience in Belfast is to introduce Tete to the fans in advance of his next opponent, undefeated WBA super bantamweight and IBF bantamweight champion Ryan Burnett of Belfast (18-0, 9 KOs). Burnett is coming off his own win over Zhanat Zhakiyanov on October 21. “We want to find out if Ryan Burnett believes he’s the best,” said Warren. He promised to make the fight by March 2018.


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.