Via Mark Eisner: Undefeated #1 WBO middleweight contender Tim Tszyu (20-0, 15 KOs) headlines in a showdown against 2012 US Olympic athlete Terrell Gausha (22-2-1, 11 KOs) at Armory, Minneapolis.
Tszyu vs. Gausha is the main attraction on tonight’s Showtime Boxing pass starting at 9:00 p.m. ET. This is a step up in the competition for the still-untested Tszyu.
It was an important match for Tszyu, as if he won it he would challenge the winner of a May 14 match between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano for the undisputed 154 lb championship. later this year.
Boxing News 24 will update live and results for card Tszyu vs. Gausha stacked below.
Tim, 27, is the son of former undisputed lightweight champion Kostya Tszyu, who enjoyed an incredible career in the early 2000s at the age of 140.
“Is this his hardest test to date? Tszyu is going up against the US Olympic athlete since 2012 when he was fighting on the US Olympic team,” said Chris above. Mannix on Boxing about the match Tszyu vs. Gausha on Showtime tonight.
Undercards Tszyu vs. Gausha:
- Michel Rivera and Joseph Adorno
- Elvis Rodriguez and Juan Velasco
“I was drawn to Tim Tszyu because he had a pretty good career in Australia, beating a pretty fringe candidate at Dennis Hogan. He beat a former champion at Jeff Horn.
“He was ticking the boxes when he was promoted to junior middleweight. For me, a good question is, do you see Tim Tszyu as a real person? ”
“I do; I really consider Tim Tszyu a real deal,” said Dan Rafael. “We’ll find out. Terrell Gausha is an experienced boxer with an Olympic pedigree. His only losses him as a pro player is ahead of the good guys at Erislandy Lara.
“Although it was an insurmountable prodigious fight, most of the crowd at Barclays Center came out of the ninth round. However, it was a close fight. Another loss [for Gausha] against Erickson Lubin, another leading contender. Those are forgivable losses.
“You ask if Tim Tszyu is a real person. Go back about three years when I was making my prospect list at the end of the year, and I had Tim Tszyu in the top 12 or 15 a few years ago, watched many of his matches from Australia because of that. is the kind I like. . I watched a lot of his fights.
“I have seen rapid improvement in his last few games. He seems more confident. His punch selection is excellent, and it’s totally odd if audiences on Showtime on Saturday if they watch his father Kostya Tszyu fight.
“If you didn’t know it was Tim Tszyu and you just saw him from afar, you would think, ‘That must be an old Kostya Tszyu tape,’ because he stands like his father, he holds hands like his father and the physical style he has in the way he moves and punches, it looks like his dad.
“He’s in a bigger weight class than his dad. His father is a 140-pound champion, and Tim is a 154-pound boxer, but he looks a lot like his old man.
“When I see him, I feel old because when I first started boxing professionally, I watched Kostya Tszyu fights when he was a top junior weight class and the results becomes indisputable. I voted him for the Hall of Fame.
“In order to see my son grow into what he is, I have had many conversations over the years about the sons of great fathers who don’t necessarily reach the level of an old man.
“I cannot say that Tim Tszyu will reach the level of his father, a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest heavyweights in boxing history.
“But if someone has a chance, I think Tim Tszyu is one of those people. On Saturday, we’ll find out the answer to one of many questions as he battles Gausha.
“I quite like him fighting on Showtime because that’s where Kostya Tszyu has his biggest fights. He signed with Showtime in the early 2000s and had a big fight against Ricky Hatton, whom he lost towards the end of his career, and when he became undisputed against Zab Judah .
“So I like that aspect of it. He’s an entertainment fighter worth watching, and he has a surname, which makes it a bit interesting just for that. So for me, I’m excited to see him, and I’m glad he’s coming to America.
“By the way, it’s not a one-time thing. This war, he [Tszyu] was mandatory for Brian Castano, the WBO belt. He is said to be next for winner Charlo vs. Castano [rematch]assuming they don’t have another draw [when they fight on May 14th]’ said Rafael.
“Yes, he has proven everything that he can at the domestic level,” Mannix said of Tim Tszyu. “In his final fight, he showed that he could take on someone at Takeshi Inoue, whose only loss before that was to Jaime Munguia, a top guy.
“He showed strength, he showed skill, and now we’ll see when he takes it to another level,” Mannix said of Tszyu. “If he maneuvered Gausha quite easily, I would be really impressed. I will say as much.
“You start looking at him, and I think that’s the WBO belt that he fits. Who won Jermell Charlo and Castano, do you think they’ll want to fight him?
“Yeah, maybe because there might be some money in there, but he would be very dangerous. I see him as really dangerous. I see a lot of tools.
“They would [Charlo vs. Castano winner] drop [WBO] belt or fight him? Mannix said about the possibility that Tszyu was dodged by winner Charlo-Castano 2.