Tim Tszyu wants big year: “I’m here to test myself” Tim Tszyu wants big year: “I’m here to test myself”
IF Tim Tszyu can mirror the development he undertook over the last twelve months, he’ll be well placed amongst the best in his division.... Tim Tszyu wants big year: “I’m here to test myself”

IF Tim Tszyu can mirror the development he undertook over the last twelve months, he’ll be well placed amongst the best in his division.

The prodigious 23-year-old will begin his 2018 campaign on Saturday night, taking part in the stacked ‘Revolution’ bill presented by ambitious promotional firm DDP Sports, at the Brisbane Convention Centre against unbeaten Kiwi prospect Ruben Webster.

Tszyu’s first appearance for the year was almost derailed following a permit issue, which prevented the fight from taking place at its original venue in Sydney. However, some quick thinking from Tszyu’s management – along with the collaborative efforts of DDP Sports – has allowed one of Australia’s best prospects to compete on arguably the best local card of 2018.

With the scheduled six round contest fast approaching, Tszyu (7-0, 5 KOs) is looking forward to the shorter distance, following his hard-fought ten round tussle with Wade Ryan last October. On that particular night, Tszyu tasted the canvas for the first time as a professional. Although hindsight is often 20/20, Tszyu reflects on the experience positively.

“It was a good experience. It was the first time I had gone ten rounds,” said Tszyu to Aus-Boxing. “Wade was a tough boy – he came to fight – there were a few things that I learnt in that fight. I’m in the sport to learn and it was a good lesson.”

“Before the fight, I was doing twelve rounds in sparring, so in the later rounds I felt as though I was the one picking up the pace. My fitness felt good, the longer the fight went on it suited me more. I unfortunately had a broken finger the week before the fight. Straight after the win, I had an operation so I was pretty much out for two months.”

“I got back into full training again at the start of the year and began taking it slowly.”

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Despite entering just his second full year in the paid ranks, the enterprising Tszyu will continue to push for championship distance fights. The Sydney-based prospect has unveiled a bold bid to secure both national and regional titles in an attempt to secure a legitimate world rating before the end of the year.

“I think in my first year in professional boxing I achieved quite a lot,” he admitted. “I had six fights, winning a regional belt and finished off with a ten round fight; it was a good year. We had to pull out of some planned fights early on due to my injury.”

“I’m trying to get to ten fights as quick as I can. From ten fights onward, that’s when I can start thinking about world rankings. I’d love to become an Australian champion and I’d also love to get a world ranking. I’d like to fight all around Australia this year, not just my home city. So we are starting it off in Brisbane this fight.”

“This is my first fight back and it’s a six rounder. It’s great to be back in the ring again this time injury-free. Everything is a learning lesson and you have to bounce back stronger. We are both the same age and been in the professional ranks for the same amount of time. He’s undefeated and I’m undefeated. I’m here to test myself.”

At the embryonic stage of his career, Tszyu clearly understands the importance of staying active. Although he has pushed for championship distance, Tszyu will continue to push for the best fights available in an attempt to fast-track his progression.

“I want to have a busy year once again. I really want to aim to have the big fights like the ten and twelve rounds,” he concluded. “My main focus by the end of the year is to gain a world ranking. Not many people can achieve that in two years in professional boxing.”

“I feel we are going at a rapid speed, where we are going places quickly.”

The ‘Revolution’ card, headlined by Dennis Hogan vs. Jimmy Kelly, will be live streamed on Saturday night free of charge here.

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