GOLD COAST: Australian energy puncher Tim Tszyu scored a surprising first-round knockout over Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo to retain his period in-between WBO large welterweight identify Sunday and arrange a shot at undisputed champion Jermell Charlo. The 28-year-old, son of famend former international champion Kostya Tszyu, got here out with all weapons blazing at Australia’s Gold Coast in spite of desiring surgical operation simply weeks in the past after an unpleasant canine chunk. He landed some massive right-handers, and a blistering left hook, to two times put Ocampo at the canvas, with the combat over in simply 72 seconds.
Tszyu attached with 14 punches, whilst the shell-shocked Mexican didn’t land a unmarried one. “I feel it used to be a commentary made. The usa is the land I wish to triumph over, the land I’m going to subsequent, the massive one is coming,” mentioned Tszyu, who earned the period in-between belt with a savage ninth-round stoppage of American Tony Harrison at Sydney in March. “I’ve were given the period in-between belt, however I’m now not happy. I need all 4. I need the identify Charlo on my resume.”
The victory stored Tszyu’s unbeaten report intact as he moved to 23-0 (17 KOs) to put himself as the necessary challenger for the unified titles. American Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) hasn’t fought since knocking out Brian Castano in a Might 2022 rematch following a disputed draw of their first assembly. He and Tszyu were poised to combat in Las Vegas in January however the American’s protection of all 4 main sanctioning frame international crowns used to be postponed after he broke his left hand. The pair were ordered to stand off for the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF super-welterweight belts later this yr.
“I’ve copped a large number of adversity entering this combat and it used to be with reference to pushing thru. I didn’t suppose it will be that early, this man is a warrior,” Tszyu mentioned. Tszyu got here into the combat in spite of present process emergency surgical operation for a gaping wound on his correct arm simply 3 weeks in the past that wanted 26 stitches. However he confirmed no lingering problems along with his motion or punching energy to ship Charlo a message.
At the undercard, emerging Australian prospect Sam Goodman beat American Ra’eese Aleem on a cut up resolution in an IBF super-bantamweight international identify removal fit. It put him in line for a conflict with Filipino Marlon Tapales – the WBA/IBF champion – with ratings of 117-111 and 116-112 in his favour and the 3rd pass judgement on giving it to Aleem 122-116.- AFP