Tim Tszyu v Brian Mendoza: Live boxing stream, news, when does the fight start, how to watch, undercard

Former WBC and IBF welterweight world champion Porter jetted into the Gold Coast to commentate the blockbuster bout, and left a serious warning for his fellow American Mendoza.

“You just never know what judges are looking at sometimes,” Porter said on Saturday.

“You just have to take into account that the judges who will be there are judges who have seen Tim before.

“Their minds are trained to see Tim. They’re not trained to see both guys.

“They’re looking at it one-sided. I’m not picking on any judges or anything like that, I’m just telling you the truth.”

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Porter’s comments come just days after confusion surrounding who would referee the bout.

After several names were suggested and rejected, well-respected official Mark Nelson got the gig. Nelson is the same man who refereed Jeff Horn’s heroic win over Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane in 2017.

Pacquiao’s team were furious at his performance that day, claiming Horn had been allowed to get away with “dirty tactics” all fight.

Tszyu’s camp are keen to avoid any similar controversy on Sunday, but Porter’s comments show there’s still some tension when it comes to overseas boxers fighting in Australia.

“When we do see decisions that are wrong, we can look at the judge that is way off,” he said. “Sometimes that judge is a little fixated on what they expect to see as opposed to what’s actually there.

“What I expect to see is a Brian Mendoza who’s constantly moving and bouncing and trying to keep Tim off balance.

“I don’t see Tim giving many moments away. His aggression and that he could possibly land a little more than Brian, and that being the case I think Brian could need a knockout to win this fight.”

It’s not a lost cause for Mendoza though, says Porter.

The American’s last two wins have been come-from-behind upset victories over much more fancied opponents.

While Porter doesn’t see Mendoza winning a points decision, he remains dangerous for as long as the fight continues.

“He might not have the style that impresses the judges over 12 rounds, but he has a style that keeps him live in the fight for 12 rounds,” he said. “This ain’t going to be a one or two round situation.

“Brian is super smart, super courageous and I think he’s got some tricks up his sleeve.”

One of those tricks is phenomenal power, with his wins over Jeison Rosario and Sebastian Fundora showcasing the pop he possesses in both hands.

“I think Brian’s going to be waiting on a moment,” Porter said. “He’s not all power. He’s shown power and he’s really smart, but he’s not active enough to outpoint Tim.

“All Brian needs to do is touch you. If he touches you and hurts you, he gets confidence and then he’ll come after you.

“But if he doesn’t touch you like that, he doesn’t come after you and the fight goes the way it goes.”

Originally published as Tim Tszyu v Brian Mendoza: Latest fight news and live coverage of title fight

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