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Tszyucastle a happy hunting ground for Tim, Kostya


No Tszyu has ever lost a fight in the Hunter – and young gun Tim is hoping it stays that way when he faces Michael Zerafa at the Tszyucastle Entertainment Centre on 7 July.

His famous father Kostya accounted for Calvin Grove, Jan Piet Bergman, Roger Mayweather, Angel Hernandez, Livingstone Bramble and Robert Rivera at the same venue in a stellar career while the 26-year-old put Dennis Hogan to the sword with a TKO to retain the WBO Global light middleweight title two months ago.

Tim Tsyzu

That’s a seven-zip win record on Novocastrian turf.

But, Tszyu also knows it’ll mean nothing come fight night, even if the arena has been renamed the Tszyucastle Entertainment Centre.

Although, he admits, the local support is fantastic.

“I got too excited when they chanted Tszyucastle [on the last occasion],” Tszyu said.

“So, I’ll need to relax a little bit more this time.

“Fighting Jeff Horn in a stadium was unreal.

“However, to come to Newcastle and fight here, it was more special and more electrifying.

“It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

“It is going to feel like 50,000 people [on 7 July]; I’m sure it’ll be intimidating for Michael.

“I’m just grateful, blessed and lucky to have the place retitled the Tszyucastle Entertainment Centre.

“It’s a proud moment.

“Not many people at the age of 26 get something like this – I’m pretty happy with it.

“But, it comes off the back of a lot of hard work and a lot of sacrifices to get to this point.

“Everything around me is paying off.

“And, I’m sure everyone will see the best of me on the night.”

Tszyu said returning to Newcastle was a no-brainer after the success of his previous outing in the City.

He stopped Hogan in the fifth round to secure his 18th consecutive victory.

“There were a lot of options,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“However, I specifically told them [the promoters] we’ve got to come back here.

“The local fans deserve it.

“They don’t get to experience big fights often – and this will be the biggest one we can bring here.

“I’m glad Newcastle’s embraced me.

Tim Tszyu, George Rose, Michael Zerafa and Ben Damon at Tuesday’s press conference.

“So, I intend to represent them proudly.”

As for his rival Zerafa, who boasts 27 triumphs of his own, Tszyu isn’t taking a backward step.

And, nor should he.

“I’ll have a strategic game plan,” he said.

“I know everything can change once you get into the ring.

“But, it’s all about fighting smart.

“Every fight is different. So, we’ll change things up from a training perspective.

“One thing we have in common is that we’re both competitive fighters.

“People will really appreciate this bout; they want to see it.

“In fact, the whole world is going to be watching.

“My fights just keep getting bigger and bigger.

“However, this is what I was born to do.

“Fight on the biggest stages in front of big crowds.

“It’s incredible it sold out within 24 hours. I can’t wait.”

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