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Nikita’s ready to let his fists do the talking


One of the country’s brightest young boxing prospects will let his fists do the talking when he steps into the ring at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre next week.

Nikita Tszyu, brother of Australian star Tim and son of the legendary Kostya, has heard the taunts from his 11 May rival Mason Smith.

But, opting against a war of words, he’ll answer his latest critic the only way he knows how – by belting him into submission.

“Yeah, I know what he’s told people, that this fight is a bit ambitious for me, given it’s only my second pro bout,” Tszyu said.

“He’s also claimed I wouldn’t have this chance if it wasn’t for my father or brother.

“Well, that’s true.

“I’ve got an incredible opportunity from my family and I’m here to make the most of it.

“He can’t blame someone for being born and having the chances that he was given.

“Everyone is given specific opportunities in life.

“The same people in Africa would be saying the same thing to him.

“He’s got rings, he’s got gyms, he’s got gloves to wear.

“Everyone’s born at a different level and it’s about making the most of your opportunities. 

“For me, personally, you’ve got to take risks in life.

“If you don’t risk it, you don’t get the biscuits – that’s my motto.”

Tszyu, who’ll appear on the same card as Paul Gallen and Olympic medallist Harry Garside, completed his final Newcastle sparring session at the weekend.

“It was good,” he said.

“I did six rounds.

“Now, I’m super excited to get those gloves back on and hit Mason [Smith].

“I sparred with a super middleweight, a big strong boy who had a good amount of power to him.

“So, I’m ready for this next fight.”

Tszyu admitted he’d done his homework on Smith, too.

“I’ve seen one of his fights,” he explained.

“From the prediction I had on how he fights, before seeing him fight, it was exactly what I imagined.

“Pretty predictable in that sense – he’s a typical boxer. 

“However, I’m expecting a cloud of energy from the Newcastle fans to lift me.

“I hope that they get around me the same way that they got around my father and they got around my brother.

“If they adopt the ‘Tszyu-castle’ chant for me, it’d make me tingle.

“It would make the hairs on my arms stand up.

“I still think I’ll be laser focused.

“After my first fight, there was also a big crowd and a big chant going on and it did take a little bit of time to adjust.

“But, now that I’ve experienced that, I feel like I’m ready for it.

“I know what to expect.”

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