The son of the former lineal champion of the world, and much loved figure in Australian boxing, made his professional debut last December against tough Queenslander Zorran Cassady at the SCG. Tszyu was clinical in his first professional outing- with a unanimous points victory of 60-54 on all 3 judges scorecards. Unlike his father, Tim is a much heavier frame- debuting against Cassady at middleweight; 9 kilos heavier than Kostya.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, we caught up with Tszyu, and how he was feeling heading into the bout at Adelaide Oval on Main Event TV.
Tszyu: I think it’s a great opportunity for exposure- it will also give me a big experience to fight under big crowds and and on television.
Quizzed on his style- and how he thinks it compares to that of his father's, Tszyu commented-
"I could say you can see some teachings of my father in my style but I’ve created my own style. Everyone will always compare myself to my father but I’m here to create my own style and journey. I’ve got the best team behind me, coming with great knowledge and teachings which I am very blessed."
His opponent, South Australian Mark Dalby (4-12) is no stranger to the professional game- and has competed with some of the countries top talent; including Dwight Ritchie and Anthony Buttigieg. Coming off a 1st round KO loss against Victorian Ben Capps at the Melbourne Pavilion, Dalby will provide a good, sturdy test for Tszyu to settle into the pro ranks.
Regardless of Dalby having the hometown advantage, Tszyu belives that his support will be out in full-force when he steps in under the bright lights to compete-
Tszyu: "Mark Dalby might be the local boy but I’ve had great support from all over Australia and it really motivates me to put on a show. I’m prepared for everything that Dalby has to offer. I’ve given my 110 percent throughout my training camp and excited to put on a show for all of Australia to see."
To tune in to watch Tim Tszyu take on Mark Dalby, as well as the long-awaited rematch between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green, you can purchase the PPV on Main Event here
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.