Tim Tszyu boxing fight vs Brian Mendova live updates: Freak’s final fight in Australia

Tim Tszyu has confirmed he is fighting in Australia for the final time when he steps into the ring on Sunday.

Defending his WBO super welterweight belt for the first time, Tszyu is the red-hot favourite against Brian Mendova when they trade blows at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Tszyu is in career-best form, having defeated Tony Harrison in a statement performance in March before knocking out Carlos Ocampo in a minute.

Tszyu is hungry for more after he was awarded world champion status when Jermell Charlo moved up divisions to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and was stripped by the WBO.

Mendoza has clawed his way off the boxing scrap heap with upset knockout wins over Jeison Rosario and Sebastian Fundora to set up a fight with Tszyu.

The main event is scheduled to begin after 2pm following a star-studded undercard.

11.15am – Tszyu open to NRL-Vegas plan

Tim Tszyu’s management are reportedly in conversations with the NRL to partner up for a Las Vegas blockbuster in February.

The opening round of the 2024 season will kick off in Vegas and it could be the perfect opportunity for Tszyu to defend his world title overseas — should he get passed Mendoza.

“I’m 100 per cent down for that,” Tszyu told News Corp.

“My full focus is getting through Mendoza first, then everyone can get excited about what is on the horizon. There will be plenty of Aussies over there supporting their teams already, so why not? The stars always come out for the big fights and big events, too, so it makes sense. It’s an all-Aussie takeover.

“It’s only the big fights from here on for me now.

“Everyone knows the names I want. That’s why I’ve been telling my promoters we’ve got to head to the Mecca of boxing – Las Vegas.”

10am – Tszyu takes down dad’s posters

Tim Tszyu has opened up on his complex relationship with his father Kostya as he prepares to contest another fight with his old man on the other side of the world.

Tszyu has a complex relationship with his dad, who hasn’t been ringside at one of his son’s fights for several years and now watches Tim’s fights via FaceTime.

His mother Natalia and grandfather Boris remain a strong presence in Tim’s life after Kostya left his wife and kids to start a second family in Russia over a decade ago.

Tszyu has previously spoken about how his dad was “never there for us” during his childhood as he prepared to uproot the family and moved to Russia.

Tim is clearly proud of his dad’s achievements and the work ethic he instilled in him, proudly showing off a shrine to Kostya’s boxing career in his childhood home.

“I guess dad’s success set an example for us — where we wanted to be and what we wanted to do,” Tim told Sporting News.

“It’s everything to have grandpa’s support. He’s never missed any of my fights, even in the amateurs.

“I just need people that are true to themself and people that are loyal to me and I’m loyal to them.”

Tszyu has also taken another step to separate himself from his famous father by taking down promotional posters of Kostya’s legendary fights and relegating a handful of them to one section of the family’s gym.

The modest brick-walled gym in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale is set to be renamed the Tszyu Boxing Academy and is now adorned with Tim and his brother Nikita’s fight posters.

How to stream and watch the Tim Tszyu vs Brian Mendoza fight

Tszyu vs. Mendoza is a pay-per-view fight, which costs $59.95 to watch on Foxtel’s Main Event or stream via Kayo Sports.

Tale of the tape

Tim Tszyu

Record: 23-0 (17 KO’s)

Age: 28

Titles: WBO super welterweight

Brian Mendoza

Record: 22-2 (16 KO’s)

Age: 29

Height: 178cm

Reach: 178cm

Titles: Interim WBC super welterweight

FULL FIGHT CARD

Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza for the WBO super welterweight title

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Shanell Dargan vs. Amber Amelia; super bantamweight

Toese Vousiutu vs. Julius Lloyd Long; heavyweight

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Sergei Vorobev vs. Wade Ryan; super welterweight

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