It didn’t take long for Tim Tszyu to silence any doubters about whether a bizarre dog bite might hamper him in his latest fight. This, as Tszyu destroyed Mexican veteran Carlos Ocampo with two knockdowns and a TKO in just over a minute Sunday afternoon to retain his interim WBO 154 lb. title in Broadbeach, Australia.
The bout headlined the No Limit Boxing/Main Event PPV “down under” for Tszyu’s belt and was shown live in the USA on Showtime network. And, you had to be in front of a screen quickly for this one.
THAT’S A BAD MAN! 😤
Tim Tszyu dismantles Carlos Ocampo and shows why he’s a PROBLEM. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5LxlCuP73f
— MAIN EVENT (@MainEventTV) June 18, 2023
The 28 year old Tszyu began quickly with stalking Ocampo and scoring hard right hands that backed Ocampo into a corner. After a clinch, he eventually scored another 1-2 combo that had Ocampo reeling and then, another hard straight right hand dropped him on the seat of his pants.
Groggy, Ocampo, who had been kayoed by world welterweight champ Errol Spence in the fist round in 2018, was not going to last much longer. He rose tentatively and took the eight count, but Tszyu clubbed him quickly with a hard right that sent him staggering to his right. Tszyu, then scored another right and then, a thundering left that snapped Ocampo’s head back violently and dropped him onto his back and on the bottom strand of ropes.
The fight was waved off without a count at 1:17 of the first. It was the fourth, first round KO of the Australian star Tszyu’s career.
“I beat you Errol,” Tszyu told Main Event TV in the ring, while referring to how quick the knockout came. “I’ve got this interim belt, but I’m not satisfied- I want all four. It’s not just the belts. I literally just want the name Charlo on my resume’.”
Tszyu is referring to the undisputed junior middleweight champ, Jermell Charlo, who had to cancel a defense with Tszyu in January due to a broken left hand. He continues to rehab and has been ordered by the WBO to fight Tszyu by September 30th or be stripped of that title.
Back to the dog bite
Tszyu, now 25-0, 17 KOs, was injured while at a friend’s barbeque three weeks ago, when a pit bull attacked and bit his right forearm. The wound was so significant that it required 20 stitches to close. There had been some concern that the Ocampo fight would have to be postponed due to the injury.
However after time to heal and resume training, Tszyu was clearly unaffected Sunday afternoon against Ocampo. The bout was Tsyzu’s second in 98 days. This after he stopped former WBC world 154 lb. champ Tony Harrison in the ninth round back in March.
Tszyu, the son of hall of famer Kostya Tszyu, is clearly the biggest boxing star in the boxing crazy continent of Australia and his string of KOs in sold out main events the last three years have built his popularity.
Now, we await the Charlo fight to be officially rescheduled, as Tszyu will clearly be a threat to win the undisputed title.