First off, since we’re all considering it, I’ll simply go forward and say it; I deserve a ton of credit score for not making the headline of this piece “Tim Tszyu Sparks Stevie Spark” or some assbrained variation thereof. That’s big-time, dumbguy normie shit and we merely don’t do this round right here.
That stated, holy shit did Tim Tszyu spark Stevie Spark.
To his credit score, Spark was recreation and got here to win and all that different mealy-mouthed shit we are saying when somebody is grossly outgunned, however this was solely ever going to finish a technique. He introduced a flyswatter to a swordfight and has nothing however a bloody stool pattern to point out for it.
Spark (12-2, 11 KO) was introduced in as a last-minute alternative for authentic opponent Michael Zerafa who, whereas apparently doing a little deep internet-based analysis on this complete covid-19 factor, additionally stumbled throughout some movies of Tszyu knocking dudes’ dicks up into a budget seats and determined he wished no a part of that. And whereas it’s straightforward to chastise Tszyu (19-0, 15 KO) for teeing off on a late sub, that is what you’re imagined to do towards opponents of this caliber. Tszyu’s fondness for violence is a breath of recent air in a world populated by far too many fighters content material to easily play with their meals.
There’s actually not quite a bit to unpack because it pertains to Tszyu’s third spherical trouncing of Spark on Wednesday’s ESPN+ televised card from the Newcastle Leisure Heart in New South Wales, Australia. Tszyu landed a billion or so punches to each uncovered space of Sparks’ corpse and put him down twice with physique pictures in spherical 3, the second of which stored him there.
A win like this doesn’t inform you a lot about both man nevertheless it positive is enjoyable to look at, and isn’t that type of the purpose? Followers stateside have woken up earlier than the solar 5 occasions previously 20 months to look at Tszyu combat and every time have been handled to a hyper-violent show of prizefighting that ended earlier than the ultimate bell. Waking up early — or in any respect, most days — sucks shit, however I’ll take the crusty eyes and pervasive morning wooden any day over staying up previous the witching hour to look at one other protected prospect sleepwalking his option to a shutout towards a neighborhood health club instructor.
I do know we’re not imagined to say this as a result of that is the sWEeT SciENcE and every little thing must be infused with some imaginary the Aristocracy or elevated significance, however not each combat has to imply one thing. It’s good when it does, however typically watching a man with a switchblade the place his pituitary gland must be commit authorized assault towards a hapless opponent is simply nearly as good. It’s a lateral transfer at greatest for the fighter, however you bought a pleasant rush, didn’t you? I believe you probably did.
Tszyu is now at that almost all thrilling stage for a younger fighter the place we’re not totally positive what we’ve acquired nevertheless it seems to be to be one thing fairly particular. Having feasted on the standard Aussie and New Zealand suspects in and across the junior middleweight division, Tszyu now units his sights globally on the larger fish of the 154 pound weight class. Will he dominate on a world degree the way in which he has domestically? I truthfully don’t have any fucking clue. But it surely’s gonna be enjoyable to search out out.
As just lately as a yr in the past, the concept that Tim Tszyu may dwell as much as — not to mention surpass — the achievements of his well-known father, was merely ridiculous. Now, hey, not a lot. This sport is affected by the failsons of once-great fighters trying to earn the respect of their fathers by means of the distress of fight. Most of the time, they fail at each. This sport extracts a karmic toll on everybody courageous — or dumb — sufficient to scale its boundaries.
It stays to be seen how excessive Tszyu will rise within the sport as soon as dominated by his dad, however thus far he’s made all the proper strikes. Heavy fingers and well-known pedigree can take you far, however the remaining is as much as him. He has a fan-friendly model and no-nonsense angle that appeals to the purists and sadists alike. At 26 years outdated he’s already put collectively a flashy spotlight reel towards some large names and, admittedly, quite a lot of small ones. From what we all know of Tim Tszyu there’s an entire lot to get enthusiastic about.
It’s what we don’t know but, although, that’s most enjoyable.
The world is prepared for Tim Tszyu. Is he prepared for it?
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