Tete claims vacant 115 title

South African southpaw Zolani Tete (19-3, 16 KOs) rolled to a lopsided decision against Japan’s Teiru Kinoshita (19-1-1, 3 KOs) on Friday in Kobe, Japan to win a vacant junior bantamweight world title.

The judges all had it for Tete, 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110.

Ace Japanese boxing correspondent Joe Kozumi reported that Tete, 26, a southpaw with a five-inch reach advantage, dominated by sticking his jab into Kinoshita, 28, throughout what he described as “a monotonously one-sided affair. Probably even Tete hadn’t expected such an easy and lopsided victory before the contest, as Kinoshita was just a disappointment (who) showed nothing throughout the bout. He looked pathetic without a game plan to win.”

Tete and Kinoshita were vying for the 115-pound belt left vacant when Daiki Kameda lost a unification fight to Liborio Solis in a December bout that Solis won by decision but the belts were vacant because Solis failed to make weight.