The youngest of the Tszyu boxing family is set to embark on his pro journey.
Nikita Tszyu will make his professional debut in grand manner, headlining a March 2 Fox Sports activities Australia display stay from Brisbane Convention Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The function was formally declared Wednesday (nearby time), together with a lineup that features former title challenger Dennis Hogan and Wade Ryan in a billed IBO junior middleweight title eliminator.
For his component, Tszyu will confront countryman Aaron Stahl (2–1, 0KOs) in a scheduled six-spherical junior middleweight contest.
“We’ve bought so a lot talent in Australian boxing,” George Rose, Tszyu’s promoter and head of No Restrict Boxing said all through the press meeting.
“The spotlight for me is Nikita creating his pro debut. It is a truly remarkable opportunity. I have witnessed Nikita training in the health club. I think he’s heading to be a exclusive fighter.”
Tszyu has major footwear to fill, though able to notice from afar as older brother and present unbeaten junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu (20-, 15KOs) has invested the entirety of his professional profession to dare underneath a microscope. It comes with getting the son of a Hall of Famer, as their father Kostya is a former lineal junior welterweight champion.
Tim Tszyu has so considerably thrived below strain. The time has now occur for Nikita, 24, to demonstrate what he can do as a professional. For now, the program is to just soak in as considerably suggestions as achievable from his combating spouse and children, especially his father who continues to be boxing royalty in Australia.
“He was telling me to be all set for all of the tricky do the job and resolve,” Tszyu said of his father’s guidance on selecting to transform pro. “If you’re heading to do this, you have to do this 100%. You have to give this every little thing you maybe can. That is how I was introduced up.”
The announcement immediately after getting formerly taken off the gloves in pursuit of a college or university diploma in architecture. The youngest Tszyu achieved that goal—along with dwelling it up—but has since made a decision to be a part of his more mature brother in furthering their spouse and children model.
The only matter that Nikita asks is to not be in comparison to—or be expecting the identical manufacturer of enjoyment as—his brother in the ring.
“Some men and women, they explain my brother extra as a surgeon. For me, they’d describe me as a butcher,” confesses Tszyu. “We do the same work but do factors in a diverse way.
“I’m a little extra messy in that sense.”
The March 2 exhibit is the 2nd for Hogan because his knockout decline to Tim Tszyu past March in Newcastle, Australia. A different former Tim Tszyu target, Steve Spark (12-2, 11KOs) also would make his way to the undercard in a scheduled eight-spherical junior welterweight bout as opposed to Melbourne’s River Daz (3–1, 1KO). Spark experienced a 3rd-spherical knockout to Tszyu very last July, relocating up two weight divisions as a late alternative for Michael Zerafa.
The other introduced bout is a rematch involving Philippines’ Joe Noynay (19-2-2, 8KOs) and Caboolture’s Liam Wilson (9-1, 6KOs) for a regional junior light-weight title. Their very first struggle took spot on the Tszyu-Spark undercard, with Noynay scoring 4 knockdowns en route to a fifth-spherical knockout of then-unbeaten Wilson in a huge upset.
All 4 bouts will air reside on Fox Sports Australia, in lieu of likely the Spend-For each-View route as is usually the scenario in Australia.
“It’s unquestionably deserving of a spend-per-see. I consider this is the finest card assembled in the heritage of Fox Sports activities,” insists Rose. “I’ve never observed a lineup like this. We want to place collectively these fantastic cards for every person to enjoy.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox