On Friday afternoon in Broadbeach, Australia WBO 154 lb. interim world champ Tim Tszyu and veteran Carlos Ocampo met with the media for the final time prior to their Sunday battle that headlines a No Limit Boxing/Main Event PPV. The bout will be televised by Showtime on Saturday night, U.S. time to American fight fans.
Here’s more from their release:
“Undefeated hometown favorite Tim Tszyu (22-0, 16 KOs) said he plans to make veteran challenger Carlos Ocampo (34-2, 22 KOs) quit and utter the words “no más” when they meet on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL Saturday, June 17, live on SHOWTIME at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT for Tszyu’s WBO Junior Middleweight Interim Title from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia in a Premier Boxing Champions event.
Tszyu made the confident statement on Thursday during the final press conference, threatening to do to Ocampo what Sugar Ray Leonard did to Roberto Durán when Durán waved off and quit their 1980 welterweight championship by, according to boxing folklore, uttering those infamous words in the eighth round.
“I’ve had these two words of Spanish going through my mind: ‘No más.’ That’s the type of fight I intend to do. That’s my intention [to make him quit],” Tszyu said Friday.
“[Jermell] Charlo is the No. 1 priority. That’s the name that I want on my resume.
“As you play in video games, there’s a big boss and you’ve got to get rid of all these little bosses on the way to the big boss. Ocampo is next, but Charlo is the big boss I’ve got my eyes on. I believe in myself. I believe in what I go through and I think the opportunity will come.
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“I’m not overlooking anyone. Every time I get into a fight, it’s the same thing for me. I train six hours a day nonstop, it doesn’t matter the opponent. He says I’m underestimating him but that’s complete nonsense. I respect the sport and I’m in the gym training every day.
“I think [my mentality] is just based on the position that I’m in. It’s got nothing to do with him. He’s a top fighter. Whoever they put in front of me I’ll annihilate them.”
Ocampo saying brave things
“I took the fight against Tim Tszyu because he represents an important challenge in my career He is the one who holds the title today, and on June 18 he will understand what it is to meet a Mexican.
“I will beat Tim Tszyu, make no mistake. This has been the best preparation of my career. The sparring was better than that of many world champions and my work won’t be in vain even though I have to go to the other side of the world.
“We Mexicans are different. We are distinguished fighters, we are real, we come to fight. Here [in Mexico] boxers fight to win breakfast tomorrow and the rest of the world doesn’t understand that. I’m going to fight to bring the title home.
“We’ll see a war, if Tim wants it, and if he doesn’t, I’ll show him what it’s like to have 10,000 people watching him go down at home.”
In the co-main event, Ra’eese Aleem, 20-0, 12 KOs, of Las Vegas will look to remain unbeaten, as he faces fellow undefeated contender, Australian Sam Goodman, 14-0, 7 KOs in a 12-round IBF 122 lb. title eliminator. Aleem had been positioning for a super bantamweight title shot but has only had one fight since the beginning of 2022.