British promoter Frank Warren announced on Monday that he has signed former junior bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete (22-3, 18 KOs), 27, a southpaw from South Africa to a promotional contract.
Tete, who has won six fights in a row, claimed a vacant 115-pound world title by unanimous decision against Teiru Kinoshita in Japan in July 2014 and knocked out England's Paul Butler in the eighth round of his first defense in March before vacating the belt.
"My ambition is to win another world title at [junior bantamweight] and I will then move up to bantamweight and do the same there, and I could even move on to [junior featherweight]," Tete said. "With Mr. Warren's guidance my opportunities are endless and I look forward to a great 2016 with him. My first fight under his promotion will be very soon and as the English fans' have seen, I bring a big punch and excitement every time I fight. I can't wait to thrill the fans again."
Warren has promoted several top African fighters, including Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, Harry Simon, Thulani "Sugar Boy" Malinga and Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson.
"Zolani is a world class operator and I'm absolutely delighted that he has signed with me and look forward to working with his team," Warren said. "I've promoted many great African fighters over the years, legends of the sport like Nelson. I had many great nights with Malinga and also Simon. I believe that Zolani could join them as a great fighter in his own right. There are big plans for him next year. He'll soon be fighting for world titles."