JACK Brubaker believes he is the perfect man to beat Tim Tszyu.
The build up to arguably the best domestic card of the year has seen Brubaker (16-2-2, 8 KOs) take centre stage with his charismatic trash talk and confidence in spades.
The Cronulla-based slugger holds no fear of his opponent and genuinely believes that he will rise to the occasion come fight night, with plan to shock the boxing world with a win over Tszyu (14-0, 10 KOs).
“I think I’m the perfect man to beat Tim,” Brubaker told Aus-Boxing.
“When I’m on – and I will be on December 6th – these big fights and these big performances are what I live for.
“I’m really excited, I can feel something special about this fight.
“I’ve got my power, I’m sitting down on my punches. I think I’m going to catch Tim and shock the world.”
Brubaker’s flair has breathed added life into the promotion and despite Tszyu’s ascendancy to the pinnacle of the Australian boxing landscape, Jack is quick to cast aspersions on the young fighter.
“He’s meant to be the face of Australian boxing, yet he can’t even go and shake a few hands at a fight night and walk the crowd,” he said.
“I think he’s arrogant and has a chip on his shoulder.
“He doesn’t have the class that people say; he’s just boring. If it wasn’t for his last name he wouldn’t be having these opportunities.”
It’s clear that Brubaker is an entertainer, a showman and a man who is clearly confident of victory against his more fancied rival. More than that, it’s Brubaker’s belief that Tszyu has yet to walk through the fire, and that his own burning desire will be the catalyst for a downfall.
“I don’t think anyone has given it to Tim his whole career,” Brubaker said.
“He’s had a few good fights but I don’t think he’s been tested yet.
“I don’t think he’s fought anyone who’s come in there hungry, angry and out to make it a fight.”
Brubaker has talked the talk all throughout the build up to this fight and his energy and enthusiasm is hard to ignore. It’s also led him to believe that Tszyu is feeling a rattled ahead of Friday night.
“In the gym when we had the face off, he just didn’t look right,” said Brubaker.
“I think he’s getting a little bit rattled with my energy and my spark.”
The 28-year-old’s propensity for all-out action in his past fights ensures that Tszyu will undoubtedly be tested when the two face off for a slew of regional belts.
For all the pre-fight bravado though, Brubaker makes it clear that he is out to prove he’s more than just talk. Make no mistake, he has plans of taking the mantle as the best light middleweight Australia has to offer.
“I’m looking forward to taking that number one mantle,” he said.
“I’ll be the number one welterweight and the number one light middleweight.
“Who know’s I might even take on (Michael) Zerafa and Tim and Jeff Horn can fight for the bronze medal.”
Words: Dan Attias/Follow Dan on Twitter