Despite not being seeded, Russian Olympian Mikhail “Misha” Aloyan will have home-field advantage against #3 Zolani Tete in the opening round of the World Boxing Super Series. The two are reportedly set to duke it out on October 13th in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The winner will go on to face either Ryan Burnett or Nonito Donaire, whom the latter says will duke it out in Belfast next month.
Tete (27-3-1, 20 KO) came out of nowhere to knock out Paul Butler in 2015 for the IBF super flyweight title. He quickly moved to bantamweight, where he knocked out Arthur Villanueva for the WBO belt and defended it with wins over Siboniso Gonya and Omar Narvaez.
Gonya lasted just 11 seconds. He spent five of those unconscious.
Aloyan (4-0, 0 KO) lost his Olympic silver medal after a doping scandal before joining the professional ranks last year. He’s fought decent competition thus far, most recently edging Alexander Espinosa in February.
He’s facing a 4.5-inch height disadvantage and gives up 5.5 inches of reach.