The super welterweight world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), the Australian knockout, Tim Tszyu, will defend his title when he fights the interim champion, the American Brian Mendoza, in the main fight of a card that will take place this Sunday in Australia , Saturday Night in America, at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland.
The fight is organized by No Limit Boxing and will be televised on Showtime and ESPN Latin America.
Tszyu, 28, will defend his WBO title for the first time, after the organization elevated him to absolute champion status, when Jermell Charlo entered the ring to challenge the undisputed super middleweight champion, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, who lost by points on September 30 in Las Vegas.
This is Tszyu’s third fight in seven months, after knocking out former WBC world champion Tony Harrison in Sydney in March and world-ranked Mexican Carlos Ocampo in Gold Coast in July.
Mendoza defeated former unified champion Jeison Rosario in November last year, before brutally knocking out previously undefeated Sebastian Fundora to capture the WBC interim title at 154 pounds.
Tim Tszyu (23-0, 17 knockouts) said: “I expect a fight and I expect Mendoza to test me more than any other fighter. “He’s got power with both hands and he’s shown he likes being the underdog, so I doubt coming to Australia will bother him, but don’t expect just one person to cheer him on.”
“This is the fight that has to be fought and the only fight that inspires me. Styles make fights and they have the potential to be successful because we both look for the fight, we have strong hands and we chase those killer knockouts that everyone wants to repeat.
“The road to indisputability continues, it just takes a little more time. But believe me, the journey to get there is sweeter.”
Contender “La Bala” Mendoza (22-2, 16 KOs) says his explosive power punches will make the difference when he faces Tszyu
Mendoza admits that Sydneysider Tszyu, 28, is dangerous, but believes that his boxing power will make the difference on fight night. “I have more one-punch knockouts… once he catches you, he’s a finisher and everything, but I think based on the facts, I have more explosive punches,” he said.
“The thing about me is that I have power, but I’m not a hard puncher. “I’m not going out there looking for a shot, I’m going to hurt you for 12 rounds.”
“I’m looking for the knockout, I want to make a good performance, I think that’s why they called me here in this beautiful country in the first place, but I’m here to punish you for 12 rounds.”
“Yeah, I’ve had one-punch knockouts here and there, but you’ve seen my last few fights… I’ve been bringing power late and I’m fine no matter how long it takes to get that win, that’s what I have to do it”.
The two losses in Mendoza’s history were against Larry Gómez and Alejandro Ramos in 2019 and 2021 respectively, both by points.
Those setbacks fueled him and he has now won three fights in a row, all by knockout.
“I want to eliminate everyone in my division as well.
“We are aiming for the same goal and only one can win. There is no second place in boxing. In second place you lose and you stop getting calls for fights and you stop opportunities. I know how it feels like and I never want to go back to again,” Mendoza repeated.