Tim Tszyu will be looking to extend his unbeaten record as a professional when he puts his IBO Australasian light-middleweight and WBO Global light middleweight belts on the line against former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium on August 26. Who will come out on top?
Road To Tim Tszyu v Jeff Horn
Tim Tszyu always knew he had big shoes to fill before he even set foot in a boxing ring. The 25-year-old Australian IBF light middleweight and WBO Global light middleweight champion is the son of former WBA (Super), WBC, IBF and The Ring light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu. Tszyu senior lost just two of his 34 fights and retired after losing his IBF and Ring titles to Ricky Hatton in Manchester back in 2005. The younger Tszyu started his professional career in 2016 with a unanimous decision win over Zoran Cassady. He has since won 14 more fights with 11 of them coming by the way of knockout. He won his IBF and WBO titles with a points victory over Dwight Ritchie last August. This fight will be his second defence of both belts and it will be the toughest one of his short career. Horn is no mug, he won the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points decision victory over boxing great Manny Pacquiao. Although, a lot of people felt Pacquiao won the fight, and the Philippine Games and Amusements Board got the WBO to review the bout, but the governing body stated they did not have the power to reverse the original decision. Horn had one successful title defence against Gary Corcoran before losing his title to Terence Crawford on June 9 2018 in Las Vegas in what was his first professional defeat. Since then he has defeated Anthony Mundine to win the vacant WBA Oceania and WBO Oriental middleweight titles. He then lost those belts in a TKO loss to Michael Zerafa, before getting his revenge along with his belts by beating Zerafa on points.
Tim Tszyu v Jeff Horn Predictions & Tips
Many people believe that Jeff Horn didn’t deserve to beat Manny Pacquiao at the Suncorp Stadium, but the record books state that he did win, and he was the WBO welterweight title. Horn is a determined fighter and he has no quit in him, but he is in his thirties now and only time will tell if he still has it in him to keep going the distance with younger fighters. Tszyu is seven years younger than Horn and you could say he has more desire and more energy left in the tank. Tszyu is unbeaten and he knows he needs to start beating some big-name fighters if he is ever going to get from under his father’s shadow. There will always be comparisons to his father, but if he continues to knock out opponents for fun then he will be regarded as a great fighter in his own right. In his two defeats, Horn was stopped in the ninth round both times. That proves he is willing to go deep into the fight until he can’t give anymore. Those defeats were against Crawford and Zerafa, and although I can only see Tszyu winning this contest, I can’t see him knocking Horn out. I’m going for Tszyu to retain his titles with a points decision.
Tim Tszyu v Jeff Horn Preview: Fighter Predictions
Tim Tszyu: “There’s a lot of things that separate Jeff, an average world champion professional boxer, from a world class contender,. Becoming a world champion is one thing, but staying world champion is another thing. He’s reached his highs and he doesn’t have the characteristics to stay as a world champion. I mean, look at what Crawford did to him. I don’t think Horn even won two or three seconds of that fight. That just proves the different class. That’s the difference [between me and him]. Once I win a world title, I will stay a champion. I will show the two different classes we’re at right now.”
Jeff Horn: “Look, Tim only got this fight because of his last name. If he was Tim Smith or whatever, he wasn’t going to be getting this fight because I would be looking at bigger and better things. The Tsyzu name is red hot. His father was an absolute legend that is and that is exactly why this fight is happening. I am shocked at the odds. I can’t believe that I am that much of an underdog for this fight but I love being an underdog. It makes me fight I think to that next level – and it being a stadium fight added to that. All of these things are a mix of me having my greatest victories and this is going to be one of them. I feel like this one is a bit of a blow out and that I should definitely be the favorite for this one with what I have done in the past and I think I will just have to prove that on the night.”