TIM Tszyu will achieve a professional dream, headlining his first pay-per-view event on May 15th.
The unbeaten prospect will not only headline a televised card after just twelve fights, but will challenge for the national title against reigning titleholder, Joel Camilleri.
Tszyu (12-0, 10 KOs) has stormed towards the summit of his division domestically, but is yet to hold the regarded national belt.
“I was born for this, for these responsibilities. This is the start of something special,” said Tszyu at the media conference.
“Every boxer dreams to become a world champion, I dream about multiple world titles in multiple divisions. I want to be remembered as one of the greats and it starts here.
“The Australian title is prestigious, it makes me want to train hard just looking at it. It’s been held by some of Australia’s best.
“My first goal is the Australian title, to fight the current champion, it’s a dream come true.”
After spending three weeks aboard for a training camp in the US, the 24-year-old has plans to put his learnings into practice.
“I’ve been making statements and I’m sure the public has been watching,” he explained.
“I just came back from a three week camp in the US. I was able to see the different levels, I was able to not only stay in there, but I was able to go to the next level.
“Joel’s a good fighter, no disrespect to him. The only thing he’s got is the Australian title, and from there it’s up and up.”
Meanwhile, Camilleri (17-5-1, 8 KOs), will look to assert his status as the divisional dark horse, after a series of impressive performances.
Having lost several close fights by decision, the hard-hitting Melburnian underlined his plans to avoid the judges scorecards.
“I just think you can’t leave the scores to the judges,” said Camilleri.
“I believe that I’m going to win the fight, of course I do. I’ve got the experience, I’ve been in with the tougher fighters, I’ve never been dropped.
“It means a lot to be the Australian champion. I always aimed to be the state champion and eventually the Australian champion. I think by the eighth round, I’m going to win by knockout.”
When probed on any plans to relocate aboard, Tszyu revealed his four-fight plan with his recently secured promoter, No Limit Boxing.
“I’ve got four fights on the horizon,” he quipped.
“First Camilleri for the Australian title, then (Dwight) Ritchie, (Michael) Zerafa and (Jeff) Horn.”
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