From Tim Tszyu to Justis Huni and all the things in between, right here’s all the newest throughout the Australian boxing scene in Ben Damon’s newest On the Fights column!
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The undefeated Tim Tszyu has welcomed news that negotiations to bring Liam Smith to Australia to face him in September are progressing well.
The Englishman has made it clear he wants the fight, and is happy to travel, while Tszyu is excited at the prospect of measuring himself against another former world champion.
“He is not a guy who is at the end of his career but we are still at different stages. I’m 26 years old, I’m a hungry fighter and I’m on my way up,” says Tszyu.
“Canelo (Alvarez) has been destroying his opponents lately but when you look back at when he fought Smith (in 2016) it wasn’t easy for him – he had to really work him out – so it would be great to get that comparison.”
It’s being considered that the event could be staged on a Sunday afternoon in Australia, to allow Tszyu’s increasing American fanbase to watch him in prime time.
American Tony Harrison is No Limit’s second preference if the Smith deal can’t be finalised.
ALL THE BELTS ON SUNDAY
For the primary time within the four-belt period a unified tremendous welterweight champion shall be topped this Sunday (AEST) when American Jermell Charlo meets Argentinian Brian Castaño in a bout to be broadcast dwell on Fox Sports activities.
Tim Tszyu shall be watching from his loungeroom throughout Sydney’s lockdown and is backing Charlo by choice.
“Castaño could make issues tough – he’s unpredictable – whereas Charlo is extra of a classical sort of boxer,” says Tszyu.
“I’m not anticipating something spectacular from Charlo – he’ll use his jab – and I believe he’ll most likely get the factors win with out trying too superb.”
The occasion is dwell on Fox Sports activities 507 from 11am AEST this Sunday.
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ZERAFA COULD BE BACK
The repute of Michael Zerafa took a battering when he pulled out of the Tszyu struggle two weeks in the past and now promoter Dean Lonergan is raring to capitalise on the general public sentiment.
Lonergan takes care of middleweight Issac Hardman, whose most up-to-date win pushed him into the world rankings, and needs the pair to struggle in Melbourne later this 12 months.
“In Michael Zerafa we’ve got Australian boxing’s final villain and in Issac Hardman I’ve probably the most thrilling younger fighters in Australia.”
“Issac has been outspoken about Zerafa, who has responded and it’s a struggle that sells itself. Are you able to think about the construct up!”
Hardman is an outdoor probability of a shot at Japanese star Ryota Murata but when that doesn’t occur Lonergan will transfer to make the Zerafa struggle.
“I’ve no considerations about Zerafa not attending to the ring this time. I received him to the ring twice to struggle Jeff Horn and I’ve little doubt I might do it once more.”
MOLONEYS FLY AGAIN
This Friday would be the third time the Moloney twins have flown to the US for fights because the begin of the pandemic.
Andrew will battle for revenge in his trilogy conflict with Joshua Franco, whereas Jason will meet the world-ranked Joshua Greer, on the identical card in Oklahoma on August 15 (AEST).
“Andrew can have the entire of the nation and a number of the boxing world behind him in his struggle and it’s going to be an enormous evening for our household,” says Jason.
“The Greer struggle is the most important of my profession as a result of I have to win. Greer used to hold a pillow to the ring for his opponent but when he does that this time he’ll be utilizing it himself. I firmly imagine I’ll knock him out.”
HUNI’S HEAVYWEIGHT PLANS
Heavyweight Justis Huni has had profitable surgical procedure on the hand harm that crushed his Olympic dream, with a return to the ring now anticipated in late October.
“At this stage I don’t anticipate Paul Gallen to take up the rematch that’s out there to him so we’re taking a look at Kiwis Hemi Ahio and Junior Fa as Justis’ subsequent couple of opponents,” revealed promoter Dean Lonergan.
OPETAIA TO GET HIS SHOT
World #3 Jai Opetaia is awaiting affirmation from the IBF that he has a shot at their vacant cruiserweight title, after champion Mairis Briedis revealed on social media that he’s transferring as much as heavyweight.
As soon as Briedis’ transfer turns into official, Opetaia’s representatives shall be ordered into negotiations with the promoter of Poland’s Michal Cieślak to make the struggle.