Tim Tszyu has what it takes to dominate and dismantle former WBO welterweight champion and Pacquiao conqueror 32-year old Jeff Horn ((20-3-1, 13 KO) in their action-packed boxing showdown at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Wednesday. From start to finish, Tszyu appears to be the hungrier, younger, bigger, stronger, and more cunning fighter of the two, annihilating Jeff Horn with an eight-round stoppage victory.
Tszyu has an impeccable record of 16 wins, 12 of which come by knockout, coming into the fight against Horn. Before the fight, there were questions about how he could handle a man who has faced high-level opponents and even defeated boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. But Tszyu has shown us in that fight that he has warrior blood in him, something he inherited from his father Kotsya. Kotsya was an accomplished boxer of Korean and Russian descent, and whose last fight was the one he lost against Ricky Hatton in June 2005.
Horn can also be commended for his extraordinary toughness, who was knocked down twice in the fight before finally losing through an eight-round stoppage. He was able to withstand Tszyu’s attack much longer than he should until his coach decided to throw in the towel as he sits in his corner waiting for the ninth round. “All respect to Jeff. He has accomplished so much, he has given Australia this platform,” said Tszyu, whose win against Horn was simply the biggest of his career so far.
In a post-fight interview, Horn accepts his defeat and asks the people of his country to support his new conqueror. “Tim was young, hungry, he’s an absolute champion. I can’t put anything past him. Hopefully all of Australia can support him now,” Horn said. “He’s very good. He was on his game, and I wasn’t probably on my game, but that’s all credit to Tim, who was out-boxing me out there. He’s got that young blood. Not that I’m old, I’m not. But Tim’s got that hunger about him. I’ve been there, done that, but he was very hungry for that win. He’s got that champion spirit in him. I can feel it.”
With this victory against Horn, Tszyu became Australia’s new boxing king. And he looks set to aim for a world title once this coronavirus pandemic is over. “Give me competition, someone who can test me,” Tszyu said. “It’s sink or swim, and I’m not going to sink. I’m here to swim. I want the real world title straps around my waist soon.”