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Australian Tim Tszyu takes on Japan’s Takeshi Inoue in Sydney boxing showdown

All the action as relentless Aussie Tim Tszyu takes charge of his bout with 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 Kostya Tszyu got off to a cautious start, slowly wearing down the dangerous knockout artist with body shots and uppercuts, before picking up the pace at the end of the five round. 

The world-number six copped a battering from then on, suffering a barrage of blows to the ribs as the 27-year-old Aussie danced around the ring controlling the action with his jab. 

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. 

Tim Tszyu is pictured throwing a right cross against Takeshi Inoue at the sold out venue.

Tim Tszyu (pictured clinching with Takeshi Inoue) started the bout cautiously before stepping up the pace in the fifth round

Tim Tszyu (pictured clinching with Takeshi Inoue) started the bout cautiously before stepping up the pace in the fifth round

Pictured: Tim Tszyu lands a massive uppercut on the world number six Takeshi Inoue

Pictured: Tim Tszyu lands a massive uppercut on the world number six Takeshi Inoue

Takeshi copped a barrage of blows to the ribs as the 27-year-old Aussie danced around the ring controlling the action with his jab

Takeshi copped a barrage of blows to the ribs as the 27-year-old Aussie danced around the ring controlling the action with his jab

Boxing pundits say Tszyu’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. 

When quizzed about the decision to jump in the ring risking his 19-0 record he 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.’ 

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.’

Australia's number one boxing draw Tim Tszyu (pictured on the way to the ring) is taking on heavy-hitting Japanese star Takeshi Inoue

Australia’s number one boxing draw Tim Tszyu (pictured on the way to the ring) is taking on heavy-hitting Japanese star Takeshi Inoue

Penrith Panthers Grand Final star Jarome Luai (pictured) watches on from the stands

Penrith Panthers Grand Final star Jarome Luai (pictured) watches on from the stands

The crowd rise to their feet at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney where 10,000 spectators are reveling in the action

The crowd rise to their feet at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney where 10,000 spectators are reveling in the action

‘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

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

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’.

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