Paul Butler Vs Zolani Tete – Preview and Prediction

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Paul Butler Vs Zolani Tete

Preview and Prediction

Paul Butler looks to make history Friday night as he attempts to become the the first Briton to drop down a weight and win a second world title in over 100 years, he will face a tough test in South African, Zolani Tete.



Butler became a world champion for the first time last year when he stepped up to bantamweight and ripped Stuart Hall’s IBF bantamweight title from him, now he looks to become the first Briton since Bob Fitzsimmons in 1903 to drop down a weight and win a second world title.

So far the unbeaten Butler has shown to be a classy operator, his athletic and natural ability create a solid boxer defensively and offensively, he is quick and while not devastating, he packs enough power.

It is hard to pick too many flaws in Butler’s make up he really is an exceptional talent, however he will be the smaller man this weekend with a reach disadvantage and this will probably be his biggest test to date, this is a very dangerous fight for Butler.



Tete is a well chiselled, solid, big super flyweight and while he will be the bigger man this weekend, he will surely be the physically stronger too. Tete is a southpaw with some tricks and if he uses all his advantages this weekend, size, reach, strength he is most certainly capable of causing the upset.

Tete works well off his jab and is intelligent with his offence, he looks to pack a big left hand, it is hard to gage exactly how much power he possesses due to his level of opponents, however its hard to argue with a 72% KO ratio.

Make no mistake Tete is a hardened champion who is huge at the weight, his physical presence alone make him hard to bet against, but with 3 defeats on his record, each one a step up type fight, he is very much a beatable champion.


This is a dangerous fight for Butler but I do believe he is the more talented guy in there this weekend and if he uses his speed and natural movement he should be able to outpoint Tete to a points win, albeit it could be a close type decision.

Tete will be dangerous and clearly packs power but Butler has shown a good chin to date and while I think this could be a hard, gruelling 12 rounds I think Butler is made of the stuff required to come through them.

I am going for a Butler unanimous decision on cards around the 116-112 mark.

Butler is 4/6 to win on points, not fantastic odds but I do believe that is by far the most likely outcome and its good enough to make a small play on.


£15 on Butler by decision 4/6 Bet365