Tim Tszyu Looking At Australian Contender Fight For December
Rising Australian Junior Middleweight contender Tim Tszyu had hoped to potentially get a World Title shot before the end of this year, but now it looks like he’ll fight another contender bout first.
Phil Lutton of “Western Australia Today” newspaper / site reported Thursday Tszyu, who knocked out former World Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn last month to run his record to 16-0, 12 KOs is in talks for a December battle against another noteworthy Australian name.
Tszyu would very likely fight Dennis Hogan, who lost a contested decision for the WBO 154 lb. title to Jaime Munguia in April of 2019. Hogan was overmatched and kayoed by WBC Middleweight champ, Jermall Charlo in December.
WA Today reports the possible Tszyu-Hogan fight would likely be in the Queensland state and outdoors at Bank West Stadium in December.
Tszyu defeated Horn by 8th round stoppage in front of 15000 + roaring fans at Country Bank Stadium in the tourist town of Townsville on the Northeast coast on August 26th.
The 25 year old Tszyu, the son of Hall of Fame legend Kostya Tszyu, was younger and stronger from the opening bell, as he continued to land lead right hands and hard lefts of the body throughout the fight. And, Horn had little answer other than to hold and maul Tszyu throughout the fight.
Now, Tim Tszyu has quickly risen to superstar status among Aussie fight fans.
Another opponent being discussed is Daniel Lewis, who was an Australian amateur star that actually beat Tszyu early on in their careers before going on to represent Australia in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. So, there would be a “revenge angle” in this one.
Lewis turned pro a year ago and has a 6 – 1 record, but did lose his last fight in February to Sebastian Fundora in Las Vegas. It may be that Lewis doesn’t have enough experience, like Hogan does, for this fight.
Then again, Lewis was a popular fighter representing the country and it might make sense from a marketing stand point to put him with Tszyu.
Tszyu ultimately would love a shot at WBO current champ, Patrick Teixeira, and that could possibly happen with him coming to the U.S. in the Spring of 2021.