By Ron Jackson
Zolani Tete made a sensational return to action when he knocked out Rexon Flores from the Philippines after 28 seconds of the first round of a scheduled ten round flyweight bout at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The spectators barely had time to settle into their seats when the taller southpaw Tete (50.35kg) came out at the bell and landed a right-left combination to the temple that sent the 26-year-old Flores (49.95kg) flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Andile Matika.
Tete was having his first fight since he suffered a mysterious illness in September last year.
This was a major upset as the experienced Flores 19-6-4; 9 from Cadiz City in the Philippines, has been a professional for eight years and in August 2006, he lost on points to the unbeaten Omar Andres Narvaez in a challenge for the WBO flyweight belt.
The 21-year-old Tete improves his record to 11-0; 10.
The judges were Simphiwe Mbini, Allen Matakane and Lulama Mtya.
Junior bantamweight: Miniyakhe Sityatha beat Zukile Toko, pts 8; Mini flyweight: Luzuko Siyo beat Sinethemba Hela, tko 2; Junior flyweight: Fikile Mbonyeni beat Khayalethu Tshota, tko 3; Mini flyweight: Bongani Mfundisi beat Thobani Mbangeni, pts 6; Junior lightweight: Thanduxolo Dyani beat Simphiwe Foba, tko 3.