Get your boxing tips ahead of the feverishly anticipated all-Australian bout between modern great Jeff Horn and rising superstar Tim Tsyzu in Townsville.
- Horn – 20-2-1 (13 by KO/TKO)
- Tsyzu – 15-0 (11 by KO/TKO)
- Horn defeated Michael Zerafa – Majority Decision
- Tsyzu defeated Jack Brubaker – Rd 4 TKO
Final thoughts: It’s the biggest Australian boxing event of the year and one of the biggest Aussie v Aussie bouts in many years. The time for trash-talking – and there’s been plenty of it – is over as 32-year-old Jeff Horn faces undefeated 25-year-old Tim Tsyzu.
Horn has endured a rocky road since his iconic defeat of Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title in Brisbane in 2017. Terence Crawford inflicted the first defeat of his career in 2018, but Horn bounced back with a first-round knockout of Anthony Mundine after moving up to middleweight.
Last year saw Horn twice take on compatriot Michael Zerafa, losing by TKO in August and winning by majority decision in December. Horn’s trademark punching power and early aggression was the key to his rematch victory.
Jeff Horn gives Tim Tszyu an uppercut before their blockbuster bout in Townsville: You will never be as good as your father. https://t.co/4OggdQfCnp
— Pete Badel (@badel_cmail) August 22, 2020
Tsyzu, the son of ring legend Kosta, has carved an impressive path in boxing since turning pro in 2016. He is 15-0, winning 11 fights by knockout. Tsyzu fought four times in 2019.
After winning the WBA Oceania interim light-middleweight title from Brit Denton Vassell (Round 2 TKO) and the Australian light-middleweight belt from Joel Camilleri (unanimous decision), Tsyzu added the IBF Australasian and WBO Global light-middleweight titles to his collection by defeating Dwight Ritchie by unanimous decision.
Tsyzu’s last bout was against Jack Brubaker in December, stopping him in the fourth round. He has garnered a reputation as an unconventional but technically excellent fighter.
Tim Tszyu (15-0, 11 KO's) demolishes Jack Brubaker (16-3-2) via 4th round TKO as Jeff Fenech tightly throws in the towel. Tszyu retains his IBF Australasian super welter title pic.twitter.com/C04B1y4yJ4
— Tim – Boxeo 拳闘 Boxen бокс มวย Boks 拳击 Box (@Hock1717) December 6, 2019
Can Tsyzu match Horn’s brawn?
Both of Horn’s career losses came via Round 9 TKO. But there’s little question he is the best-credentialled and most talented fighter Tsyzu has come across to date, as well as arguably the most relentless and powerful.
Warm favourite Tsyzu is giving away size and bulk to Horn, though he boasts a longer reach. Horn’s big-time experience could prove crucial, with a sold-out football stadium main event a foreign stage for Tsyzu.
Tim Tszyu (69.1kg/152.3lbs) & Jeff Horn (69.6kg/153.4lbs) weigh in successfully in Townsville, Australia ahead of their light middleweight clash Wednesday morning on ESPN+ & ESPN Knockout! pic.twitter.com/faPRQFEB1u
— Tim – Boxeo 拳闘 Boxen бокс มวย Boks 拳击 Box (@Hock1717) August 25, 2020
Many are predicting Horn’s toughness and raw desire to be too much for his younger opponent. Horn will need to knock out Tsyzu to win, however. If it goes the distance, Tsyzu should come out on top. But he may not have the power to stop the dogged Horn inside 10 rounds.
Tsyzu has the chops and he’s laser-focused on a win that will prove a launching pad to world boxing stardom.