All the action as Australia’s Tim Tszyu puts his $2million world title payday at risk taking by taking on muscle-bound Japanese sensation Takeshi Inoue
- Australia’s Tim Tszyu takes on Japan’s Takeshi Inoue in super welterweight bout
- The 27-year-old is risking a $2million world title payday if he comes up short
- His hard-hitting muscle-bound opponent has an impressive record of 17-1-1
Australia’s number one boxing draw Tim Tszyu is taking on heavy-hitting Japanese star Takeshi Inoue at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
The heavily-favored son of boxing legend the son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu got off to a cautious start, slowing wearing down knockout with body shots and uppercuts, before picking up the pace at the end of the five round.
The super welterweight bout on Wednesday puts Tszyu’s reported $2million world title payday against Brian Castano in jeopardy as he’s already locked up the next shot at the belt.
Boxing pundits say the 27-year-old’s gamble to get one more tough fight in before likely heading to the US in the hunt for the WBO strap, shows he’s extremely confident.
Tim Tszyu is pictured throwing a right cross against Takeshi Inoue at the sold out venue.
When quizzed about the decision to jump in the ring risking his 19-0 record said: ‘I’ve got things to do, things to achieve, bodies to punch and faces to hurt and that’s what I’m going to do.’
The crowd rise to their feet at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney where 10,000 spectators are reveling in the action
Australia’s number one boxing draw Tim Tszyu (pictured on the way to the ring) is taking on heavy-hitting Japanese star Takeshi Inoue
But his muscle-bound opponent with an impressive record of 17-1-1 is no easy beat.
In they lead up to the contest ‘big drama’ unfolded in the dressing rooms.
Main Event’s fight night commentator Ben Damon wrote on Twitter: ‘There is a big argument taking place behind the scenes.’
‘The Inoue camp are complaining now about the gloves that have been selected by the Tszyu camp,’ he said on broadcast.
‘There is a big argument happening right now, hopefully that can be sorted out because it is the last thing we need.’
Through his translator, the Japanese boxer, 31, explained the disagreement and why he had complained.
‘When my manager first went and inspected Tim Tszyu’s gloves he felt they were a little bit thin,’ he said.
Tszyu’s muscle-bound opponent Takeshi Inoue (pictured) has an impressive record of 17-1-1
Rugby League father and son duo Wayne Pearce (left) and Mitchell Pearce (right) watch on as the fight gets underway
‘But when I checked them, they gave us the option of using both Winning or Everlast gloves. When I checked both gloves I felt more comfortable using my Winning gloves.
‘I appreciate how fair everything has been, that we’ve had that option. I’ve fought my whole career with Winning gloves and they are the best gloves in the business.’
Tszyu’s team told CodeSport’s Brendan Bradford: ‘They’ve changed their minds four times’.