The calf injury that forced bantamweight world titleholder Zolani Tete to postpone his mandatory defense against Omar Narvaez is better and the fight has been rescheduled.
Tete will make the second defense of his 118-pound belt against Narvaez on April 21 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, promoter Frank Warren said Thursday.
The fight will take place on the card headlined by the featherweight showdown between former world titleholders Carl Frampton (the Belfast star) and Nonito Donaire.
Tete was originally scheduled to fight Narvaez on Feb. 10 at the Copper Box Arena in London, but Tete injured his calf in training in mid-January and the card was eventually canceled.
"Tete is an exceptional talent, and I'm delighted that he will be showcasing his skills in Belfast once again," Warren said. "We're bringing him back to Belfast because we want to make the Ryan Burnett unification fight.
"If Tete keeps on dominating shows in Burnett's hometown, perhaps it will lure him out of hiding. Let's give the fans the fight that they want to see. We want to make that fight in Belfast and I'm sure it would pack out the SSE Arena."
Tete (26-3, 21 KOs), 29, made his first defense in Belfast against South African countryman Siboniso Gonya on Nov. 18 and made history. Tete, a southpaw, knocked him out with a fearsome right hook in just 11 seconds to record the fastest knockout ever in a world title fight.
Narvaez (48-2-2, 25 KOs), 42, of Argentina, is a former longtime flyweight and junior bantamweight world titleholder. He's now boxing as a bantamweight in the twilight of his career, but he has won his last five fights since losing his junior bantamweight belt to Japan's Naoya Inoue in a second-round knockout loss in December 2014.
While Tete was out with the calf injury, Narvaez, also a southpaw, took a tune-up fight on Feb. 3 and easily outpointed journeyman Jesus Vargas over 10 rounds in Argentina.
Tete said he is ready to go now for the Narvaez fight, but he has his eye on Burnett (18-0, 9 KOs).
"Let's see who the real bantamweight king is," Tete said. "I want to unify the division and Ryan Burnett is standing in my way. Let's not rob the public of a brilliant fight. They want to see the best fight the best.
"Until that fight is made I will do everything that is asked of me by my team. Narvaez is a mandatory defense and I'll be aiming to dispatch him in style to make another statement. I can't wait to put in another explosive performance for all of my new fans in Belfast."