Paul Gallen and Mark Hunt put on a war in advance of Tim Tszyu reminded Australia who the nation’s largest boxing attraction actually is on Wednesday evening in Sydney.
The tremendous welterweight star took a back again seat as the heavyweight co-element grabbed headlines in the course of the week. But within Bankwest Stadium, Tszyu stole the present as he still left his outmatched opponent Bowyn Morgan a mess on the canvas.
It was all in excess of in significantly less than two minutes as a ruthless Tszyu — who appeared larger, a lot quicker, and more powerful — danced around the ring, in advance of he was just about pressured into the early complete.
“I was just getting began,” Tszyu (17–) said post-battle. “Bowyn Morgan’s a difficult competitor, I just hardly ever gave him the chance.”
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It was a appropriate uppercut that signalled the starting of the stop for Morgan, who hardly ever stood a a prospect. He wobbled as Tszyu then linked with a still left hook that despatched his opponent to the ground. The Kiwi experienced only been beaten the moment in advance of, and returned to his toes, only for a significant overhand appropriate to mail him straight back again to the canvas. This time he did not get up.
It was thought that Tszyu would win comfortably. But the 114-next knockout fittingly exceeded anticipations in a yr exactly where the 26-yr-outdated has gone from prospect to superstar.
Just after putting Jeff Horn by the grinder in August in a brutal shifting of the guard, Tszyu came back again for his next stadium present of 2020 versus Morgan and still left no question that he’s the new facial area of Australian boxing.
He defended his IBF Australasian and WBO World wide tremendous welterweight titles, and now has eyes on a larger prize if latest WBO globe champion Patrick Teixeira simply cannot protect his belt.
“You guys know what is subsequent,” Tszyu said, “and that is the globe title below in Sydney, in Australia.
“Let’s do it 10-occasions the size of this. Australia deserves this. This is component of background.”
Ahead of that, Gallen showed off an outstanding chin and boxing know-how to upset Hunt by using unanimous final decision (58-56 x two, fifty nine-fifty five) in a thrilling heavyweight contest that fairly surprisingly shipped.
Gallen ate some big appropriate hands and a pair punishing still left hooks from the combat sports activities veteran, but stayed on his toes and finally outworked Hunt, who predictably slowed as the battle went on.
Hunt seemingly experienced a prospect to go immediately after a damage Gallen in the next spherical, but did not pounce and paid out the price tag as the previous NRL star’s excellent conditioning shone by.
“What’s subsequent? Rob Whittaker,” Gallen said post-battle, calling out the previous UFC middleweight champion.
Also on the key card, rising star Liam Wilson stopped Rodynie Rafol in the 3rd spherical, though Paul Fleming and Bruno Tarimo’s affair was dominated a No Contest immediately after a minimize from a clash of heads saw the battle occur to an early stop.
And for the next yr managing, Ty Telford was concerned in a person of the Australian fights of the yr as he went ten chaotic rounds with Darragh Foley in a thrilling grudge match.
Sadly for Telford, he the moment once again finished without having the win this time dropping — following his 2019 draw with Jack Brubaker — as Foley took dwelling the split final decision (ninety five-ninety four, 93-96, ninety seven-93) win even with staying dropped in the eighth spherical.
Foley began gradually, but worked his way back again into it as he moved around the exterior, outlanding Telford, who fell in really like with his big appropriate hand.
Telford did land his appropriate early and usually, sooner or later sending Foley by the ropes. But the Irishman, who at a time appeared way too difficult for his personal fantastic, came back again in the ninth and tenth to conquer the 10-eight eighth spherical on the scorecards.
“Oh my goodness, what a battle we have just noticed among two warriors,” Ben Damon said in commentary.
Damon included: “We’ve just noticed a thing from another planet.”
“Fight of the Year, Fight of the Decade, I really don’t know,” Jeff Fenech said. “This was an astounding battle.”
Total Fight CARD
Tim Tszyu def. Bowyn Morgan — by using to start with spherical KO
Paul Gallen def. Mark Hunt – by using unanimous final decision (58-56 x two, fifty nine-fifty five)
Paul Fleming vs. Bruno Tarimo — No Contest (head clash stoppage)
Liam Wilson def. Rodynie Rafol — by using 3rd spherical TKO
Darragh Foley def. Ty Telford — by using split final decision (ninety five-ninety four, ninety seven-93, 93-96)
Tyson Lantry def. Luke Jackson — by using majority final decision (60-fifty four, 58-fifty seven, fifty seven-fifty seven)
Riccardo Colosimo def. Dillon Bargero — by using to start with spherical TKO (doctor’s stoppage)
Trent Girdham def. Oscar Doane — by using unanimous final decision (40-35 x two, 39-36)