Yekaterinburg was once again in the spotlight of boxing fans around the world tonight.
The second quarterfinal in the Bantamweight field (118 lbs.) featured Zolani Tete vs. Mikhail Aloyan, while the new Cruiserweight field (200 lbs.) matched Andrew Tabiti vs. Ruslan Fayfer. The fights were held at Yekaterinburg Expo.
South African southpaw Zolani Tete defended his WBO bantamweight belt against Russian Mikhail Aloyan, a two-time world amateur champion and winner of a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics. Saturday marked the third time Tete defended the belt in his career.
The fight between Andrew Tabiti vs. Ruslan Fayfer ended with the victory of Tabiti, a Chicago native who previously knocked out Lateef Kayode in the sixth round of their fight in May thanks to his impressive right hand uppercut. Before that, Tabiti defeated veteran Steve Cunningham by unanimous decision in a 10-round fight on the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor undercard. Ruslan Fayfer did have the home country advantage, but it was not enough.
However, there was a Russian winner, the host city of the event.
WBSS promoter Nisse Sauerland stated that Yekaterinburg has done an excellent job with organizing the quarterfinal fights: ”It was amazing, grateful to the organizers for the hospitality. It was very pleasant to be in Yekaterinburg, the show was organized perfectly. I already said that I like the way the shows are organized in Russia. I hope that we will return to Russia soon”.
Thanks for having us Ekaterinburg!! 🇷🇺
— World Boxing Super Series (@WBSuperSeries) October 15, 2018