Tim Tszyu’s rapid rise through Australian boxing ranks en route to a possible world title fight next year was only made possible by his last name, according to two-time world champion Billy Dib.
Tszyu’s fight against New Zealander Bowyn Morgan at Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday night is a WBO super-welterweight title eliminator, and is set to become one of the biggest PPV fights on record in Australia.
The fight is the first stadium boxing event in Sydney since Anthony Mundine and Danny Green faced off at Sydney Football Stadium in 2006. This fight racked up around 200,000 buys and the Super Sydney fight tends to be it. surpass, according to the Daily Telegraph.
It is understood that the presales for the fight have already secured more money than Tszyu’s previous fight with Horn and Queenslander’s clashes with Manny Pacquiao and Anthony Mundine.
Swing hunt in Gallen during the weigh-in
Facilitating the massive peak is the co-main event with league legend Paul Gallen against MMA great Mark Hunt, but there’s no doubt that Tszyu is a side-shooter after battling over Gallen’s fight sub-map with John Hopoate not long ago.
The strong rise could continue with a victory tomorrow night; Tszyu will fight for the WBO Super Welterweight Title in his next fight if he manages to defeat Morgan.
The opportunities seem endless for a fighter who only has 16 professional fights under his belt. Even though fighters had similar opportunities without much experience, like Anthony Mundine, Tszyu also didn’t fight anyone of note except Horn; Still, he’s ranked among the best Australian books for pound fighters, like the Moloney brothers and George Kambosos.
“The reason Tim is where he is today is because of his father,” Dib told Wide World of Sports.
“It has nothing to do with Tim. I know he worked hard but without his dad’s name Tim would be just another regular fighter.
“He wouldn’t have these fights on the menu. Obviously the Main Event and others want to make him a star.”
If there has ever been a sport where a name or reputation sells, it is boxing. Career boxers often have to fight tooth and nail for media attention, especially Down Under, where sports fans are more likely to watch two footballers tackle it than two skilled boxers who have dedicated their lives to the game. fighting game.
Tszyu’s presence in the ring also has an air of curiosity about it, with older fans keen to see how he ranks against his famous father, sparking interest at the tabloid level.
However, if someone else without the last name Tszyu racked up a record against the type of fighters they faced, then it would be difficult to see the same type of interest generated, Dib says.
“He’s the son of Kostya Tszyu, obviously that gives him a platform,” Dib said. “He hasn’t fought anyone very important yet but he will and then he will be tested.
“He has faced everyone he has had to face so far in his apprenticeship and he succeeded brilliantly.”
The super welterweight division is dominated by American star Jermell Charlo, with Patrick Teixeira holding the WBO belt.
If Tszyu emerges victorious against Morgan at Bankwest, he will face Teixeira for the WBO belt in 2021. This can only happen if Teixeira’s fight with contender Brian Castano is not staged before January 6.
COVID restrictions have prevented Teixeira from leaving his native Brazil and the WBO says he will relinquish the title if he cannot fight within three weeks, creating a path for Tszyu and Castano to fight for the championship, with Teixeira relegated to No. 1 candidate.
Either way, Tszyu has been touted as an international competitor and has the power to shoot to boot, although the level of competition increases exponentially to the next level.
“If he can do that against the Charlos, Jarret Hurds, Tony Harrisons, I don’t know,” Dib said.
“But we’ll see because he’s going to win his chance and then when he goes to the US it’s going to be sink or swim – but I’m sure Australian boxing will back him up no matter what.”