Tuesday got here extra affirmation that rising, unbeaten Jr. Middleweight contender Tim Tszyu is the most well liked boxing identify in Australia. That’s when the promoter for his upcoming July bout towards fellow Australian contender, Michael Zerafa, bought out the Newcastle Centre in beneath 24 hours.
Australian Broadcaster and half time boxing supervisor, Ben Damon, had the information that based mostly on the pre-sale of tickets alone, the WBO’s #1 contender at 154 lb. could have over 6,500 followers in attendance on the indoor facility July seventh,
Tszyu, the son of Corridor of Famer Kostya Tszyu, is now 18-0 with 14 KOs and has been on an enormous roll nationally “down beneath” over the previous 12 months. He was final in motion in March defeating veteran Dennis Hogan in entrance of one other sold-out crowd on the similar NewCastle Middle about two hours North of Sydney on the Jap coast of Australia.
That evening, he suffered a minimize early within the bout from an unintentional conflict of heads, however nonetheless out-gunned the veteran, journeyman Hogan in a fifth spherical TKO. And, he gained for the third straight time post-Covid 19 pandemic by KO or stoppage.
Zerafa, 28-4, 17 KOs, is 29 12 months outdated native of Melbourne, Australia. And he gained his final combat in mid-March with a 1st spherical knockout of aged, former Tremendous Middleweight champ, Anthony Mundine (who’s 43) . That win got here following a pair of fights with former WBO World Welterweight, champ Jeff Horn. Zerafa stopped Horn within the ninth spherical of their August 2019 assembly, however dropped a ten spherical majority determination to Horn 5 months later, of their December 2019 rematch.
The 26 12 months outdated Tszyu, relies in Sydney and has grown immensely in reputation preventing in entrance of bought out crowds all around the continent. This included his personal KO of Horn in August of final 12 months in entrance of over 20,000 at an outside stadium in Townsville, on the Northern coast.
He additionally destroyed calmly regarded Bowyn Morgan in a single spherical in December in entrance of a roaring crowd at one other out of doors stadium in Parramatta.
Tszyu has been hoping to leverage his WBO high rating to get a shot at their new champ, Brian Castano. Nevertheless, Castano has chosen as an alternative to battle Jermell Charlo in an Undisputed 154 lb. showdown that shall be 10 days after the Tszyu-Zerafa combat on July seventeenth within the U.S.
And, if the favored Charlo is victorious, it’s doubtless Tszyu must go away Australia and are available to the U.S. for a possible shot on the Undisputed crown.