For the sake of their enjoyment and their wallets, let’s hope anyone who paid to see Zolani Tete defend his WBO bantamweight title against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya.
If they were more than five seconds late, they missed the entire bout.
That’s how long it took Tete to connect with Gonya’s jaw, dropping him to the mat with a single blow.
The referee called the fight 11 seconds after the opening bell.
The punch is practically too fast to see at normal speed.
Officially at 11 seconds, it’s the fastest knockout ever in a major championship fight (WBC, WBA, IBF, or WBO).
The previous record for the fastest knockout was held by Daniel Jimenez, also a bantamweight, as he defended his title against Harald Geier.
That bout was a Peter Jackson-directed trilogy compared to Tete’s knockout, a whole 17 seconds long.
“I knew Gonya wasn’t going to last,” the 29-year-old Tete said after his victory. “I won in the first round!
“My trainers are the ones doing the job behind the scenes, I would like to thank them.”
Now he’d like to fight the man holding the IBF and WBA belts.
“I would love to fight Ryan Burnett. I believe he stays here, this is his hometown, so we should see who is king of the bantamweights.”