It’s the biggest domestic Australian boxing match in years, but Jeff Horn says Tim Tszyu is only there because of his last name. The hugely anticipated grudge match has been officially rescheduled for Wednesday, August 26 at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, with tickets going on sale today.
Both men are hoping to use the super welterweight showdown as a springboard to a world title fight in the near future, but Horn says the 15-0 Tszyu doesn’t have the experience to beat him. In fact, the Hornet says he wouldn’t even have considered taking the fight if Tim’s dad wasn’t the great Kostya Tszyu.
They’re very serious and very cocky in the way that they think that they’re going to win this fight nice and easy, but he has never fought the opposition I have,” Horn said at Monday’s press conference announcing the new date. He’s got relatively little experience in that manner, and the only reason this fight has been made is because his last name is Tszyu.
His father was an absolute legend. We wouldn’t be fighting him if his last name wasn’t his dad’s name. It’s an insult Tszyu has heard plenty of times over his amateur and professional career, but Horn’s criticism of his experience isn’t entirely without merit. The Brisbane-based fighter has headlined Suncorp Stadium twice, including his 2017 world title fight opposite Manny Pacquiao. He’s also travelled to Las Vegas to fight Terence Crawford, and avenged a loss at middleweight against Michael Zerafa.
Tszyu fought four times last year and headlined three pay-per-view shows, but his bout with Horn represents his biggest step-up in opponent. With an anticipated crowd of 16,000 expected to be on hand at Townsville’s new Queensland Country Bank Arena, Horn believes his experience on the big stage will show through.