It’s not Jeff Horn, but Tim Tszyu is set for the biggest test of his young career as he prepares to headline a pay-per-view card for the second time in the space of three months.
Tszyu (13-0-0) will fight fellow Aussie Dwight Ritchie on August 14 at the ICC in Sydney, it was announced Friday.
With the WBO Global and IBF Pan Pacific super welterweight belts and a potential top-5 ranking on the line, this represents a major opportunity for both fighters.
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The son of Kostya Tszyu, Tim, 24, is fresh off a 10-round bout with Joel Camilleri in a unanimous decision win that saw him claim the Australian super welterweight belt, which he’ll now relinquish, and prove a few doubters wrong in the process.
But Ritchie — the No. 1 ranked Australian super welterweight — is Tszyu’s toughest opponent yet. The 27-year-old out of Victoria is 19-1-0, and also holds a win against Camilleri.
While Tszyu called out Horn — the biggest name in Australian boxing — after his Main Event showpiece back in May, that fight will have to wait with both men set for separate August tests.
Tszyu flew into Australia to announce his bout having spent time in the Philippines as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao ahead of the 40-year-old’s showdown with Keith Thurman, which will be available to order on Main Event.
On the undercard of the Tszyu card, AFLW star and boxer, Tayla Harris (4-0-1) will take on Renee Gartner in five two-minute rounds.
Meanwhile, Renold Quinlan, who fell to highly rated Joshua Buatsi at the end of 2018, will take on Mateo Tapia in 10 three-minute rounds.
Jack Brubaker is confirmed for the card too, with a number of fights waiting to be signed off.
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Tim Tszyu will face Victorian Dwight Ritchie with heightened expertise after sparring with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Tim Tszyu will face world No.10 Victorian Dwight Ritchie with heightened expertise after training under Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
World No.14 Tszyu (13-0-0, 10 KOs) will fight Ritchie (19-1-0, 2 KOs) on August 14 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.
“I’ve been chasing this fight for a long time,” Tszyu told reporters in Sydney.
The winner will potentially crack the top five in the world.
“He’s coming up, I’m coming up. There can only be one. It’s a make or breaks fight for the both of us,” Ritchie said.
Sydneysider Tszyu is the son of former light welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu.
The night will also include AFLW star Tayla Harris’s first bout of the year against Renee Gartner.
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