Tim tszyu promised a spectacular knockout of opponent Dennis Hogan in the couple’s Newcastle fight on Wednesday night.
Fighters weighed in on Tuesday, making the super welterweight fight official
Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) weighed 69.4 kg, then Tszyu (17-0, 13 KOs) tipped the scales at 69.3 kg.
Tszyu cut a relaxed figure approaching the scale, but it was only business afterwards. He shared an icy look with Hogan after the Irishman predicted he would inflict the Aussie star’s first loss, by save.
“I outclassed him every round, but I probably won him in a knockout,” Hogan said.
Tszyu replied: “He believes [he’ll win by KO]. I know [I’ll win by OK]. Here is the difference.
“It’s the only option I have, there’s nothing like make or break. That’s the only option: to win, and dramatically.
“Everyone knows [how the fight will finish]. I’ll let them enjoy the show. “
Tszyu destroyed Bowyn Morgan by first round knockout in his last fight, in December of last year. He had hoped to fight for a world title in his next fight, but was biding his time due to boxing’s complicated machinations.
Tszyu is the # 1 candidate in the WBO and ranked in the world with all other sanctioning bodies in boxing. Still, WBO champion Brian Castano is currently pursuing a unification fight with IBF-WBA-WBC champion Jermell Charlo.
Hogan, 36, is a former world title challenger, an Irishman now based in Queensland. Tszyu, 26, is the son of boxing icon Kostya Tszyu and has gradually built his own fame in the sport.
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