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I'll fight Burnett in Belfast and take his belts, vows history-maker Tete


By David Kelly

Zolani Tete made boxing history on Saturday night at the SSE Arena and then called for Belfast's Ryan Burnett to step up to the plate and face him in a blockbuster unification clash.

WBO bantamweight champion Tete knocked out fellow South African Sibonsio Gonya in a record time of 11 seconds with the first punch of the fight, a lethal right hook which spreadeagled the challenger. Immediately he turned his attention to WBA/IBF champion Burnett.

"I can't wait to get that fight. I want it so badly. I don't underestimate Ryan, the fact he went from winning the IBF World title to unifying the titles, he has done so much. That's not easy work, that's the heart of a champion," said Tete.

"I will come to Belfast to fight him, just name the date and give me the contract. I feel that I have to beat every champion in the division to show that I am the number one in the division. I want the WBA, IBF and WBC belts to show I'm the king of the division.

"I will watch Ryan more to see how he fights but I will take him out, I have to. I'd love that fight to happen early next year."

Tete's promoter Frank Warren is adamant that he is ready to make the fight but that will mean coming to an agreement with counterpart Eddie Hearn who guides the career of Burnett.

"Ryan's a really good fighter. Ryan says he wants the fight so let's get it on. As far as I'm concerned there are no obstacles to the fight happening. They're not kicking a closed door - the door is open so come through," said Warren, who indicated that the fight would not necessarily have to happen on BT Sport, the channel he is linked to.

"These guys are in the business for money so let's see who can offer the biggest money."

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