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Nikita Tszyu v Dylan Biggs Boxing Preview

Boxing’s Australian Super Welterweight Title is on the line as the reigning champion, Dylan Biggs, takes on Nikita Tszyu at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

Nikita Tszyu is the big name on the card, but Dylan Biggs is the undefeated Australian Super Welterweight champion walking into the ring in this one. Whether or not the champion walks out second – as he should – remains to be seen.

A war of words has erupted in the build-up as you’d expect between two young fighters trying to make their mark. Tszyu speaks of a “hatred” of Biggs, likely in response to Biggs giving Tszyu – the younger brother of WBO champion, Tim – the label of “Baby Tszyu.” Biggs also took aim at the quality of Tszyu’s opponents to start his boxing career.

Given both are undefeated with a combined 76% knockout rate, the expectation is for the war of words to translate into fireworks in the ring.

It’s a fight between two young and undefeated fighters. One with a level of name recognition he perhaps hasn’t earned yet. The other is a champion few outside the boxing world have heard of before.

It’s the biggest fight of their respective careers with the winner taking one step closer to the American boxing scene.

Dylan Biggs

Age: 21
Height: 187cm
Reach: 187cm
Record: 10-0-0, 7 KOs

Dylan Biggs’ last two fights paint a perfect picture of what he is capable of and why his $3.25 to win appeals.

He took the Australian Super Welterweight Title from Dan Hill with an impressive 8th-round TKO. Getting on top early but showing patience and respect for his opponent to win it late, he waited for Hill to get desperate.

“He came in for the kill. But when he does that he lacks his defence and I came in and caught him with a few overhand rights and one just timed beautifully as he was throwing a punch. It landed on his chin and he was basically out on his feet.”

He made light work of his last opponent, knocking Ryan Mitchem down three times in the first round. He again punished with his right hand but showed an ability to double up with his left when engaging in an exhange.

While only 21 years old and relatively inexperienced for a champion, Biggs is mature. Even as the two fighters trade verbal blows ahead of the fight, he’s rarely flustered. Expect that to translate into the ring on Wednesday night.

Nikita Tszyu

Age: 25
Height: 177cm
Reach: 178cm
Record: 7-0-0, 6 KOs

As far as odds go, Tzsyu’s $1.30 are some of the longer odds of his seven-fight career. He has eased into his professional career and fought Jack Brubaker as a heavy $1.06 favourite last time out. While he picked up the win as expected, it wasn’t without difficulty. Tszyu left Brubaker bloodied and bruised forcing his corner to throw in the towel but not before Tszyu hit the canvas.

Now 7-0 and yet to be truly tested beyond the head clash that sent him to the floor against Brubaker, the man himself has admitted to not yet being out of the shadow of his Hall of Fame father and WBO champion brother. Four of his seven professional wins have come inside three rounds. He’s never been forced to fight beyond six rounds.

Tszyu has heavy hands. Despite going relatively untested, he’s shown an incredible level of toughness early on. Here, he has a chance to display it all in one fight and beat one of the best young fighters in Australia.

Nikita Tszyu v Dylan Biggs Boxing Tips

Nikita Tszyu has had a relatively easy run of it to start his boxing career. He needs to start being genuinely tested if he is to keep people interested and is looking to do that in this one.

Dylan Biggs should provide Tszyu with the toughest test of his career. On paper, he’s his best opponent to date. Biggs has the sort of power and technique Tszyu will need to respect. He can’t rely on activity and pressing forward on Biggs quite as much as he has with previous opponents.

Neither fighter has been stopped in their professional career. Neither fighter understands the meaning of “stop” when it comes to boxing. Both believe in their power and will go down swinging if they go down at all.

Biggs might be slightly further ahead in the fundamental aspects but Tszyu’s activity will test those fundamentals throughout the fight. Styles make fights and these two complement each other in a way that should excite.

The value is in Biggs at $3.25 with the Tszyu name having a say in his $1.30. However, in a close fight that looks good to end up in the hands of the judges, it’s easier to trust the Tszyu name.

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