WBO #1 mandatory, and #3 IBF world Super-Welterweight challenger 🇦🇺Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu (20-0-0, 15KO) may just be known by many as the son of a legend (of course his father being the great 🇷🇺🇦🇺Kostya Tszyu), but those paying close attention to to what the 27 year is doing, are aware enough to know that he is certainly making a name for himself, slowly but surely becoming a threat to the rest of the division. His opponent today was contender 🇯🇵Takeshi Inoue (17-2-1, 10KO), whom looked to try and steal the show in Australia, but fell very short of his ambitions, as Tszyu walked away with a dominant Unanimous Decision victory, winning the contest by virtual 12 round shutout on the scorecards.
Tszyu won this fight by keeping the physical Inoue at bay with patience, a sound fundamental defensive guard, and an educated jab to continuously re-establish distance between the two. Tszyu’s calculated level of mental pressure was enough to force the normally come-forward boxer to back up, an area where Takeshi doesn’t thrive because he isn’t good at fighting off of the backfoot, putting him into no-mans land in terms of his effectiveness.
Takeshi likes to dip down to avoid headshots…but Tim made sure to constantly rip the sharp left uppercut in there to meet him every time Inoue made the move, and Inoue on multiple occasions felt the weight of the power that the Aussie carries. The variation of different right hands used often confused the Japanese fighter on how to defend & Tszyu used it to his advantage to keep Inoue stuck behind his defensive shell. All in all, it was a very educated, very solid performance, and it takes Tim Tszyu one step closer to his dream.
TSZYU TO CONTINUE TO STOKE THE FIRE THAT IS CONSTANTLY BEING PUT OUT
Tim Tszyu continues to knock on the door, and eventually…the door will have to be answered. Sitting as the #1 mandatory challenger for 🇦🇷Brian Carlos Castaño’s (17-0-2, 12KO) WBO title belt, Tszyu continues to issue forth the challenge of getting his opportunity at a world title.
He also continues to shoot his shot at facing RING / WBA / WBC / IBF Champion of the World 🇺🇸Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18KO) for the rights to call himself top dog by proxy in the Super-Welterweight division, but neither the titlist Castaño, or the World Champion Charlo seems all too eager to face the man from the “Land down under”, to be truthful on the matter.
It does not inherently mean that Tim Tszyu is outright being ducked (that term is used too much these days), but something does have to give when it comes to overall fairness, of a fighter taking up the right channels and processes that has put him in a position worthy to get a title shot.
Quite frankly, at this point in time, there are only two fights worth entertaining for both Charlo and Castaño – and it is either to rematch each other, to get an “Undisputed” World Champion, or for them to give a title shot to the one in waiting, that is Tim Tszyu, looking for an opportunity to prove himself on the grand stage.