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Tim Tszyu v Brian Mendoza Preview

Tim Tszyu faces the toughest fight of his boxing career when he takes on Brian Mendoza at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Sunday.

Tim Tszyu is back in the ring for the first time since June, taking on American Brian Mendoza who has come from nowhere to stun the welterweight division. He’s earned a shot at Tszyu’s WBO title at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach.

Originally lined up to fight Jermell Charlo before he was called into fight Canelo Alvarez, Tszyu is preparing for his third fight of the year following knockout wins over Tony Harrison and Carlos Ocampo. Tszyu’s wins, while impressive, don’t compare to Mendoza’s victories against the odds. Taking a swing fight on Tszyu’s first American card not long ago, two incredible knockouts have flown Mendoza to Australia to take on the champion.

Tim Tzsyu

Age: 28

Height: 5’8″

Reach: 72″

Record: 23-0-0, 17 KOs

Brian Mendoza

Age: 29

Height: 5’10”

Reach: 70″

Record: 22-2-0, 15 KOs

Tszyu needed only 35 seconds to catch Carlos Ocampo with a brutal right hand in this last fight. Another 25 seconds is all it took to drop him for the first time. And just 10 more seconds were needed to end it. The 28-year-old made light work of his opponent but faces a much tougher test in this one based on recent fighting form.

Back-to-back knockout wins have stunned the welterweight division for Mendoza to earn his chance in this one. He entered the ring against former unified world champion Jeison Rosario as a late replacement before knocking him out in the 5th round. Eager to prove his win over Rosario wasn’t a fluke, he backed it up with a stunning knockout of Sebastian Fundora as a whopping $7 underdog. Fundora was in control of the fight but Mendoza’s power shone through when given the chance.

It’s worth noting that Mendoza’s big shot came via a big left hook on the counter to a right jab to left hook combination Tsyzu often looks to utilise. Tszyu will be aware of lowering his right hand given what happened to Fundora when he lowered his.

Mendoza has talked a big game in the build-up, referencing his power and ability to counter. He’s well aware of Tszyu’s ability to finish his opponents and has already shown respect for the Aussie’s power. Still, he’s confident in playing the long game across 12 rounds, and with the way Tszyu throws his hands at the sniff of blood, there will be the odd opportunity for Mendoza to catch him.

Mendoza is a great fighter and only needed a glimmer of light of the big time to seize his opportunity as a replacement. He’s taken it with both hands and now prepares for the biggest boxing fight of his career. For Tszyu, this is the opportunity to generate the real opportunity: A fight with the likes of Jermell Charlo and Terence Crawford.

While favoured to win by KO/TKO at $1.70, the expectation is for the telling blows to come later in the fight between rounds 7-12 at $2.60.

Tszyu v Mendoza Boxing Tips

At home and with a super fight within his reach, Tszyu will leave no stone unturned in this one. He’s well aware of this being his biggest test and a prime chance to enhance his profile and continue climbing.

His speed poses as the biggest difference between the two. Both have displayed their knockout power in recent fights but Tszyu’s superior speed has him better placed to land the defining blow.

Tszyu is a boxing brawler and constantly attacks. If he can sense any sort of weakness or shaking of the knees, he will look for the killer blow. His forward pressure does open him up to Mendoza’s power but fatigue will become a factor as the cost of wearing punches and fighting on the back foot takes its toll. Both will wear a few shots throughout so how they take them will go a long way to determining the winner.

As the fight develops and Tszyu begins to take advantage of his ability to throw powerful punches at different angles, that opportunity to throw the final blow will present itself. Mendoza is good enough to go the distance. His $6.50 to win and $8 to do it by KO/TKO can’t be ignored given his own power. However, Tszyu is the superior fighter and that should shine through in the second half of the fight.

Best Bet Tim Tszyu to win in Round 7 - 12 @ $2.60*

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