News | Feb 07 2018

Paul Butler tells Ryan Burnett to stay away from Zolani Tete

Paul Butler warns Ryan Burnett: "Don't go anywhere near Zolani Tete unless you have to."
Paul Butler
Zolani Tete v Paul Butler IBF Super-Flyweight Title  |  Action Images

BANTAMWEIGHT Ryan Burnett is in the business of collecting world titles – he has two (the WBA Super and IBF) to his name – but the WBO belt, currently owned by South Africa’s Zolani Tete, is one he can do without.

That’s the view of former Tete opponent Paul Butler, himself a one-time IBF bantamweight champion, who this week told Boxing News the idea of Burnett, or anyone for that matter, boxing Tete is a bad one.

“Who would want to fight that guy?” he said. “Zolani Tete is the man nobody needs. He’s an absolute nightmare. He’s a long southpaw with absolutely frightening power. All I’d say to Ryan Burnett is this: ‘Don’t go anywhere near him unless you have to.”