The humble, down-to-earth kid from Sydney showed the Australian sporting public a glimpse of what is to come- with a decisive performance against his opponent. Throughout the fight, Tszyu seemed to be in control at all times- dictating the pace of the fight and landing solid, heavy shots almost at will against Dalby; who is a 7-year professional.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, we caught up with Tim and discussed what he thought of the experience of fighting on such a momentous show- as well as plans for the future
Tszyu: "I enjoyed every second of it. I couldn't help myself but to smile the whole time. The feeling of walking through with all eyes on me wasn't intimidating but rather more just pure excitement. Everyone in the crowd was so welcoming and showed great support. I just want to relive that moment again!"
Showing composure and undeniable skill from the get-go, Tszyu knocked down Dalby in the first round, with a perfectly timed left hook to the chin. Dalby would get up- only to be outworked and outclassed into eventually being stopped in the third round.
Moving forward, Tszyu believes that victory should not give way to distractions- and he maintains that he still has a lot to improve on in his game-
"There are a lot of things to work on and improve on. You have to be tough on yourself so that wont make you relaxed. Professional boxing is just like climbing a mountain- one step at a time, and I've got a whole lot more work to do. So instead of having days off and enjoying my victory, I would rather be at the gym working on my next fight to become bigger and better each time. I want to fight again around April- whenever and wherever. My team will focus on making the fights happen. My job is to just fight and train."
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.