There is a sponsorship deadlock, and it could threaten to derail Tim Tszyu’s clash with Dennis Hogan.
Hogan wants his betting sponsor PointsBet pictured on his fight shorts but Tszyu Camp, No Limit Boxing, does not have a bar because it directly conflicts with their partner Sportsbet.
It all came to a head during Monday’s press conference when No Limit’s Matt Rose told Hogan to take a PointsBet t-shirt off. And the Irishman was still furious at Tuesday’s weigh-in.
“I don’t care,” he told reporters. “I won’t go out unless I have my sponsors there.
“This is the deal that was made. Anyone can wear their sponsors – this is unacceptable.
“I’ll wear them, or I won’t be there.” Let me know tonight, so I can go home tomorrow.
Both sides appear to be steadfast in their positions, with Rose saying the issue has already been settled in the original contracts.
“We have the contract that says Sportsbet is our betting partner, and that’s who we’ll be staying with for the event… anything that isn’t Sportsbet will not be accepted.”
But Hogan manager Danny Dimas doesn’t budge, telling Fox Sports: “We’re going to wear the shorts one way or another.”
“They want to do anything about it, bring us to justice, but that’s what we’re getting into.
“There isn’t a lot of money in boxing, especially in Australia. Every dollar counts. He has a family to take care of.”
What time is the fight?
The Tim Tszyu vs Dennis Hogan fight is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Sydney and Melbourne time on Wednesday, March 31.
This means a 6 p.m. departure in Brisbane, 6:30 p.m. in Adelaide, 4 p.m. in Perth and 5:30 p.m. in Darwin.
Where’s the fight?
Tszyu and Hogan will fight at the Newcastle Entertainment Center.
How to watch Tszyu vs Hogan
Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan will air on the Main Event, available on Foxtel and Kayo on Wednesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. AEDT.
Tszyu vs Hogan Full Fight Card
- Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan (For the right to have a shot at winning the WBO super welterweight title)
- Wade Ryan vs. Koen Mazoudier (WBA Oceania super welterweight and IBO international super welterweight titles)
- Cesar Mateo Tapia v Renold Quinlan (WBA Oceania super middleweight title)
- Paul Fleming vs. Tyson Lantry (super featherweight)
- Sakio Bika vs. Sam Soliman (super middleweight)
- Darkon Dryden vs. Jason Medawar (super welterweight)
- Jason Fawcett vs. Alex Carioti (super welterweight)
- Linn Sandstrom v Felicity Loiterton (junior bantamweight)
Tszyu vs Hogan betting odds
(Odds via Sportsbet at time of posting)
Tim Tszyu $ 1.11
Dennis Hogan $ 5.90
Tale of the Band
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 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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