Paul Butler defeated by Zolani Tete in world super-flyweight title bout

Paul Butler
Paul Butler's career record now stands at 17-1

Paul Butler failed in his bid to become a two-weight world champion, suffering a first career defeat by South Africa's Zolani Tete in Liverpool.

Tete stopped his opponent in the eighth round of the IBF super-flyweight title fight after landing with an uppercut.

"I knew Paul was a good fighter, but I knew I could knock him out," 26-year-old Tete told BoxNation.

Butler, also 26, dropped a division for Friday's contest at the Echo Arena but lost his 18th professional fight.

"I normally have people come towards me. He's a very big kid, and we knew his power by his record. He's a great champion," Butler said.

The South African southpaw, who has held the title since July, now has a fight record of 20-3 with 17 knockouts.

Chester-born Butler won the IBF bantamweight title from British rival Stuart Hall last year but relinquished it immediately.

Meanwhile, Liverpool lightweight Derry Mathews (37-9-2) secured a fifth-round knockout against Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.

"Mizsei Jr has been in with some of the best fighters in Britain but I don't think any of them have done what I did. I hit him with the perfect shot and he never recovered," the 31-year-old said.

Mathews next faces a fight against Richar Abril for the WBA world title at the Echo Arena on 18 April.

Zolani Tete punches Paul Butler
South Africa's Zolani Tete dominated the early rounds
Paul Butler knocked down by Zolani Tete
Paul Butler described Tete as a "great champion"
Referee giving Paul Butler a count
"He was very good and very awkward, a better man on the night," Butler said after the fight, who lost his bout after suffering a serious cut

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