At the moment’s boxing takes us to Australia, the place a powerful principal occasion sees Tim Tszyu in search of to step out of his father’s shadow by taking up Tony Harrison for an interim title belt at 154lbs.
Tszyu (21-0-0, 15 KOs), son of native legend Kostya, has reached the stage of his profession the place he actually must show he belongs at world degree. A win right here will do this. Harrison (29-3-1, 21KOs) isn’t only a gatekeeper though- victory would give him a 3rd crack at unified divisional champion Jermell Charlo, with whom he’s 1-1, so he’s received lots to battle for himself.
The battle will likely be out there within the US on Showtime. They’ll solely present the principle occasion, with protection beginning at 10:45PM ET. That’s the anticipated time for the ringwalks, but when the undercard runs lengthy, Showtime will most likely resort to filler, so maintain an eye fixed out right here for the place we stand.
For Australian viewers, it’s a $59.95 KayoTV PPV, with the principle card beginning at 12PM on Sunday, AEDT and the principle occasion scheduled for two:45PM.
replace: apologies for the dearth of highlights of the undercard right here guys. The undercard not being on Showtime seems to have performed a quantity on these being out there. There seems to be some anger over the Murdock-Hardman and significantly the Mazoudier-Mahoney resolution anyway, the Showtime card is dwell, however the co-main seems to nonetheless be happening, so we’ve received a bit wait earlier than principal occasion ringwalks
replace: They’ve determined to affix the co-main, Aokuso vs Gonzalez, dwell for the final half. And Aokuso drops him simply after they do. Good timing.
replace: okay, the anthems are going for the principle occasions. Ringwalks in a second.
Tszyu vs Harrison
Spherical 1: Right here we go. They begin off feinting at one another, Harrison jabbing. As anticipated. Tszyu closing vary slowly, however not throwing within the first minute or so. That guard actually may be very open. He has managed to push Tszyu to a nook, however solely throws one punch. It’s worrying for Harrison how simply he’s gotten cornered, even when he’s successful the spherical simply. Tszyu lands a straight proper behind a mixture, lastly. Harrison’s jab is the story of this spherical, various to go and physique. He does eat a pleasant proper hand on the finish, however nonetheless 10-9 Harrison
Spherical 2: Tszyu attempting some left hooks in response to Harrison’s jab, Tony must be cautious. Not fairly landed but although. Tszyu’s jab coming in a bit extra, however nonetheless Harrison’s the extra dominent punch. And a proper hand excessive of Harrison’s jab. Harrison responds in variety, avoids an uppercut. Eats one just a few seconds later. Nonetheless jabbing strongly although. A type of Tszyu left hooks lands. A lot nearer spherical, however nonetheless 10-9 Harrison, 20-18
Spherical 3: I’ve received Harrison 2 up however nonetheless assume that is worring for him, as a result of Tszyu is pushing him to the corners very simply, and looking out particularly for work to counter that jab. A left hook and double proper hand strikes Harrison again, then an extended left snaps his head. Double jab by Harrison and he has quickly stopped the ahead motion. And an enormous proper rocks Harrison, who wobbles on the ropes! Covers up and appears okay, however a minute left and he has to carry on. Tszyu affected person, however relentless. Left hook, then chopping proper fingers. Harrison survives however began to unravel a bit there. 10-9 Tszyu, 29-28 Harrison
Spherical 4: Harrison opens busier, however pushed straight again into the nook. Making an attempt to circle, however Tszyu is superb at slicing area. Harrison has landed good jabs, nonetheless, however he leans into one proper hand and simply avoids the subsequent. And that proper is constant to attain over Harrison’s low lead hand. Bodyshot/headshot combo for Tszyu with the left. Nearer spherical this, however Harrison simply spends an excessive amount of time within the nook, together with his proper hand down. 10-9 Tszyu, 38-38
Spherical 5: Tszyu opens with a tough proper. He’s upped the strain right here and unloading extra punches. Harrison combating again, not wilting and touchdown his personal work, together with one lo blow, however he can’t get clear. Large proper snaps his head again once more. And a left to the physique. Harrison’s relying nearly solely on the jab even in shut. And one other huge Tszyu proper lands. And one to the physique. A part of the story right here is that Tszyu is closing te distance, however ready for Harrison to throw so he can counter. Harrison does rating with a giant proper, however instantly eats one in reply. Sturdy spherical for Tszyu. 10-9 Tszyu, 48-47
Spherical 6: Trade of left hooks on the opening of the sixth. Harrison tries to battle his approach off the rope in spots, however he regularly simply strikes straight again even after success. Extra quantity from him this spherical, however Tszyu’s jab is beginning to inform too. Straight proper by Tszyu, potshot jabs by Harrison. This spherical’s been fairly shut, however Tszyu closes the final 30 seconds sturdy. 10-9 Tszyu, 58-56
Spherical 7: previous midway now and Harrison- the older man- actually wants to start out upping the tempo in opposition to the youthful, affected person, high-pressure Tszyu. A giant ask. As a substitute, he spends the primary minute within the nook. And he’s actually not holding that proper hand excessive sufficient. His head motion isn’t ok to battle like that. A part of his drawback is that he can’t bait Tszyu to throw first with something answerable, he’s consistently consuming counters. Lastly fights off the ropes within the final 30 seconds, however too little too late. 10-9 Tszyu, 68-65
Spherical 8: Tszy pushes Harrison to the ropes with a jab then rocks him with an overhand proper. Simply steady strain. He makes use of bodyshots very properly to chop off routes of escape. He’s upped that bodywork because the battle’s gone on. Uppercut from Harrison nevertheless it’s tiny items of success. Tszyu beginning to get in actual shut and maul, push him round. Proper hand by Harrison asnwered by uppercuts and an overhand proper. The bodyshots taking their toll, now Harrison slips, fast stoppage right here to wipe the ring. That is good for Harrison, a great further 30 seconds relaxation. The spherical ends shortly after, 10-9 Tszyu, 78-74
Spherical 9: Ramrod jab snacks Harrison’s head again early. Harrison responds with some bodyshots, however… once more, to the ropes. Thoughts you, he does maintain it lengthy higher for the subsequent minute or so. Jabbing properly, not following it up however he’s holding vary for now. Then a Tszyu proper hurts Harrison badly, bodyshots bend him in half, and he’s in a nasty unhealthy approach. Whales away on the ropes and Harrison goes down! Beats the depend however the ref doesn’t like his motion and stops it! It’s throughout! Glorious efficiency by the rising star!
Tim Tszyu wins, TKO-9
Interim WBO super-welterweight title: Tim Tszyu TKO9 Tony Harrison
Mild-heavyweight: Paulo Aokuso UD Yunieski Gonzales 97-92, 99-90, 100-89
Tremendous-bantamweight: Sam Goodman UD TJ Doheny 97-92, 98-92, 100-89
Tremendous-Middleweight: Rohan Murdock SD Issac Hardman 97-92, 97-92, 93-96
Tremendous-welterweight: Nikita Tszyu TKO4 Bo Belbin
Tremendous-welterweight: Koen Mazoudier Draw Ben Mahoney 97-94, 93-97, 95-95
Featherweight: Shanell Dargan UD Courtney Martin 40-36, 39-37, 40-36
Mild-heavyweight: Iman Khataev TKO-2 Gi Sung Gwak
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