A few notes from around the boxing world:
Promoter Frank Warren announced that former junior bantamweight titlist Zolani Tete (22-3, 18 KOs), a hard-hitting 27-year-old southpaw from South Africa, has been added to his March 12 card at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, which is headlined by lightweight titleholder Terry Flanagan’s defense against Derry Mathews. Tete will compete in a scheduled 10-round fight against an opponent to be determined. Tete won a vacant junior bantamweight title in July 2014, defended it once by eighth-round knockout against England’s Paul Butler, a former bantamweight titleholder, in March 2015 and then was stripped for failing to make a mandatory defense. He has won two non-title fights in a row and aims to get another shot at a world title.
“I want to be remembered as the best boxer that Africa has ever produced,” Tete said. “2016 is going to be a big year for me, so it’s important that I get off to the best possible start -- another knockout win.”
Bantamweight Alexis Santiago (20-3-1, 8 KOs) will face Erik Ruiz (15-4, 6 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round fight that will headline a Premier Boxing Champions card on Feb. 16 (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes, 9 p.m. ET) at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, PBC announced on Monday. Two other televised eight-rounders were also announced: light heavyweight Lionell Thompson (16-3, 10 KOs) against Paul Parker (7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round fight and super middleweight Lanell Bellows (14-1-1, 7 KOs) against Antowyan Aikens (10-0-1, 1 KO).
Former cruiserweight titlist Imamu Mayfield (25-9-2, 18 KOs) held a belt from 1997 to 1998 and made one successful defense before losing the title and eventually moving up in weight. He became a journeyman heavyweight who lost five of his last six fights (four by knockout) before retiring in 2008. Now the 43-year-old from Freehold, New Jersey, has announced he plans to fight again.
"I own a gym and have been training fighters for the most part," Mayfield said. “After being away from the ring, I feel now that the time is right. I have had enough time to realize this is what I want to do. Now I am back with the people [manager Vinny LaManna and trainer Charles Johnson] who started with me and took me to the title. I am fighting for the love of boxing and want to get back to the position of being on top of the mountain."