Proving Ground: Tim Tszyu Takes Crown As King of Aussie Boxing

Today in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, rising Super-Welterweight 🇦🇺Tim Tszyu proved he is the future of Australian boxing after delivering an eighth round stoppage in a dominant performance over fellow Aussie and tough veteran 🇦🇺Jeff Horn.

Even before the fighters took to the ring, Tszyu made it clear that things were going to be done his way, as he continued his warm up routine after the ring announcer called his name (initially he called Tszyu “Tim Horn” but I can’t be sure that was the cause of Tszyu’s delay). Once the fighters entered the ring and the opening bell rang, he would continue to make sure he had things his way.

The opening round went the way anyone who is familiar with the style of Jeff Horn would expect. “The Hornet” immediately came out looking to put the pressure on, working his way inside behind his left jab and winging overhand right before continuously tying up the 25 year old from South Wales.

It didn’t take Tszyu long to adjust to Horn’s style and assert his own game plan, finding a home for his right hand early and digging to the body with his left hook. Tszyu put Horn down in the third round and from that point on it was clear how this fight was going to go. Round after round Tszyu got more comfortable and even got good work in when he found himself tied up with Horn, landing solid uppercuts, overhand rights and more body shots.

Horn, gassed, beaten and outgunned by the superior hand speed of Tszyu, labored around the ring in a valiant attempt to survive but would be forced to take a knee in the sixth round after a crisp left to the body. The 32 year old from Queensland fought through the pain to survive to the next round, but the theme continued over the next two rounds, before he and his team agreed that he had nothing left to give and any further punishment taken, would only be taken out of pride.

Upon seeing his opponent’s corner wave the fight off, Tszyu took to the ring ropes and raised his hand in celebration as the 16,000 in attendance gave him a standing ovation. In his post fight interview Tszyu expressed his gratitude to Horn and the fans in attendance while letting everyone know that he was his own man and no longer wants to be viewed in his father’s shadow.

The name is TIM, it’s not ‘The son‘”

Tszyu (16-0-0, 12KO) should now finds himself in line for a WBO title shot soon. As for Horn (20-3-1, 13KO) we will see if he hangs up the gloves or seek a proper send off fight to end on a high note.

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