Tim Tszyu

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Tim Tszyu
Born
Timofei Konstantinovich Tszyu

(1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 29)
Sydney, Australia
Other namesThe Soul Taker [1]
Statistics
Weight(s) Light-middleweight
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm) [2]
Reach70+12 in (179 cm) [2]
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins24
Wins by KO17
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Australian National Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2011 Melbourne Light-welterweight

Timofei Konstantinovich Tszyu (Russian : Тимофей Константинович Цзю, [tʲɪmɐˈfɛjkɐnstɐnˈtʲinəvit͡ɕˈdzːʲʉ] born 2 November 1994) is an Australian professional boxer who has held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-middleweight title since September 2023. He is the son of former light-welterweight world champion of boxing, Kostya Tszyu [3] and older brother of Nikita Tszyu.

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Early life

Tszyu was born in Sydney, New South Wales, to Russian parents. His father Kostya is of ethnic Russian, Korean and Mongolian descent and his mother Natasha Anikina is of ethnic Russian descent. [4] His father, Kostya, is a former undisputed light-welterweight champion who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011. [5] Tim's first sporting interest began to develop at the age of six when enrolled in gymnastics and later switched sports to association football at the age of 10. [6] As a soccer player, he was selected to play for multiple local representative teams [7] but his interest in the sport began to wane at the age of 13 when he temporarily relocated to Moscow with his family for a few months before returning to Sydney. At the age of 15, Tszyu decided to quit football and began pursuing a career in boxing. He attended St George Christian School and Newington College [8] throughout his teenage years and enrolled in a business degree at the University of Technology Sydney following high school graduation. [9] His brother, Nikita, is also a professional boxer. [10]

Tszyu amassed an amateur boxing record of 33–1 before turning professional in 2016 at the age of 22. [11]

Professional career

Early career

After being away from the sport for four years due to a hand injury, [12] Tszyu made his professional debut in December 2016 when he defeated Zorran Cassidy by unanimous decision (UD) at the Sydney Cricket Ground. [13]

Tszyu won the WBC-ABCO Continental light-middleweight title in his seventh bout, with a UD over Wade Ryan. [14]

In November 2019, Tszyu defeated Jack Brubaker by technical knockout (TKO) in the fourth round. [15]

Rise up the ranks

Tszyu vs. Horn

On 26 August 2020, Tszyu defeated former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn via eighth-round corner stoppage at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium. [16]

Tszyu vs. Hogan

On 31 March 2021, Tszyu, ranked #9 by The Ring , #1 by the WBO, #3 by the IBF, #7 by the WBA and #11 by the WBC fought Dennis Hogan who was ranked #10 by the WBC. Tszyu beat Hogan via a fifth-round TKO. [17]

Tszyu vs. Spark

In his next bout, Tszyu fought and defeated Steve Spark via a third-round TKO. [18]

Tszyu vs. Inoue

In his next bout, Tszyu fought and defeated a very resilient Takeshi Inoue, with a convincing unanimous decision win, winning on all three scorecards, 120-107, 120-107 and 119-108. [19]

Tszyu vs. Gausha

In his next bout, Tszyu defeated 2012 Olympian Terrell Gausha in his first fight in America at The Armory in Minneapolis. After suffering a first round knockdown, Tszyu recovered and dominated from the 2nd round to win convincingly by unanimous decision, 114-113, 116-111 and 115-112. [20]

WBO interim light-middleweight champion

Tszyu vs. Harrison

On 22 January 2023 it was announced Tszyu would take on former WBC 154-lb champion Tony Harrison for the WBO interim junior middleweight title on 12 March in Australia. He won the fight by 9th round TKO. [21]

Tszyu vs. Ocampo

On 18 June 2023, Tszyu made the first defense of his WBO interim junior middleweight title against Carlos Ocampo. He won the fight by a 77 second 1st round KO.

WBO light-middleweight champion

Tszyu vs. Mendoza

On October 15, 2023 Tszyu defeated Brian Mendoza to defend his WBO junior middleweight. [22] [23] He was elevated to a full champion once Jermell Charlo faced Canelo Alvarez inside the ring for his undisputed super middleweight title on September 30, 2023. [24]

Tszyu vs. Thurman

On March 30, 2024 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Tszyu was scheduled to face former champion Keith Thurman. [25] [26] The fight was set at a catchweight of 155 lbs. [27]

Professional boxing record

24 fights24 wins0 losses
By knockout170
By decision70
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
24Win24–0 Brian Mendoza UD12 15 Oct 2023Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, AustraliaRetained WBO light-middleweight title
23Win23–0 Carlos Ocampo KO1 (12), 1:1718 Jun 2023Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, AustraliaRetained WBO interim light-middleweight title
22Win22–0 Tony Harrison TKO9 (12), 2:4312 Mar 2023Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaWon vacant WBO interim light-middleweight title
21Win21–0 Terrell Gausha UD1226 Mar 2022 Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USRetained WBO Global light-middleweight title
20Win20–0 Takeshi Inoue UD1217 Nov 2021 Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, AustraliaRetained WBO Global light-middleweight title;
Won WBO Asia Pacific light-middleweight title
19Win19–0Steve SparkTKO3 (10), 2:227 Jul 2021Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, AustraliaRetained WBO Global light-middleweight title;
Won vacant Commonwealth light-middleweight title
18Win18–0 Dennis Hogan TKO5 (10), 2:2931 Mar 2021 Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, AustraliaRetained WBO Global light-middleweight title
17Win17–0 Bowyn Morgan TKO1 (10), 1:4716 Dec 2020 Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, AustraliaRetained IBF Australasian and WBO Global light-middleweight titles
16Win16–0 Jeff Horn RTD8 (10), 3:0026 Aug 2020 Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, AustraliaRetained IBF Australasian and WBO Global light-middleweight titles
15Win15–0Jack BrubakerTKO4 (12), 0:236 Dec 2019International Convention Centre, Sydney, AustraliaRetained IBF Australasian and WBO Global light-middleweight titles
14Win14–0 Dwight Ritchie UD1014 Aug 2019 International Convention Centre, Sydney, AustraliaWon IBF Australasian and inaugural WBO Global light-middleweight titles
13Win13–0Joel CamilleriUD1015 May 2019The Star, Sydney, AustraliaWon Australian light-middleweight title
12Win12–0 Denton Vassell TKO2 (10), 0:238 Feb 2019 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, AustraliaWon vacant WBA Oceania interim light-middleweight title
11Win11–0Marcos Jesus CornejoTKO1 (10), 2:318 Sep 2018 Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo, Australia
10Win10–0Stevie Ongen FerdinandusKO1 (10), 1:413 Aug 2018 Technology Park, Sydney, AustraliaRetained WBC–ABCO Continental light-middleweight title
9Win9–0Larry SiwuTKO4 (10), 0:4424 May 2018The Star, Sydney, AustraliaRetained WBC–ABCO Continental light-middleweight title
8Win8–0Ruben WebsterTKO5 (6), 2:157 Apr 2018 Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
7Win7–0Wade RyanUD1022 Oct 2017 The Star, Sydney, AustraliaWon vacant WBCABCO Continental light-middleweight title
6Win6–0Christopher KhanTKO2 (5), 1:3022 Jul 2017Rumours International, Toowoomba, Australia
5Win5–0Adam FitzsimmonsRTD3 (6), 3:0022 May 2017 QT Hotel, Gold Coast, Australia
4Win4–0Ivana SiauTKO2 (4), 2:456 May 2017 Vodafone Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
3Win3–0Ben NelsonTKO3 (4), 1:418 Apr 2017Doltone House, Sydney, Australia
2Win2–0Mark DalbyTKO3 (4), 1:023 Feb 2017 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
1Win1–0Zorran CassadyUD617 Dec 2016 Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
New title WBO Global
light middleweight champion

14 August 2019 – 2022
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Slawa Spomer
Vacant
Title last held by
JJ Metcalf
Commonwealth
light middleweight champion

7 July 2021 – 2021
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Louis Greene
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Patrick Teixeira
WBO light middleweight champion
Interim title

12 March 2023 – 30 September 2023
Promoted to full champion
Vacant
Preceded by
Jermell Charlo
stripped
WBO light middleweight champion
30 September 2023 – present
Incumbent