WRITTEN BYTOM NAGHTEN
Boxing in a big way will return to the Gold Coast later this year when Australia’s golden ring boy Tim Tszyu takes on Takeshi Inoue on November 17.
The Gold Coast Convention Center will host the fight that Tszyu admits is the biggest test of his career to date.Ancelotti excited about Asensio’s hat-trick against MallorcaPauseNext video0: 14/0: 33AdjustmentsFull -screen
Tszyu is 19-0 in his professional career and has risen through the super welterweight ranks to put his name in the world title race.
As the current mandatory for the WBO title of Brian Castaño, Tszyu could have sat and waited for the opportunity from him, instead taking on former world title challenger Inoue (17-1-1).
The pair clashed in a virtual press conference on Thursday, and both fighters promised fireworks.
“Tszyu is a very good fighter, but I am very confident in my ability,” Inoue said.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to make a mark on the world stage and I truly believe that I will end Tszyu with a knockout in this fight.”
Tszyu, who has finished with his last five opponents, said that he was eager to put on a show.
“Inoue is a very accomplished and talented fighter. He is cunning in the ring and like all Japanese fighters, very brave, “said Tszyu.
“He will have to be because I know he has never fought someone like me before.
“I’m working hard right now and when fight night comes I’ll be ready to show the world one more time what I can do.”
Despite spending a lot of time on the Gold Coast, it will be Tszyu’s first fight in Queensland since 2018.
“The Gold Coast is a sports lover’s paradise and we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring back Tim Tszyu for this highly successful event,” said George Rose of No Limit Boxing.
“Tim has a lot of fans in Queensland and with a large Japanese community also based in the Gold Coast region, this is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate also spoke of his enthusiasm for bringing the fight to boxing fans on the coast.
“We are a city of big events and this fight is a perfect fit,” Tate said.
“Tim is our adopted son. He loves being on the Gold Coast when he is away from Sydney and has established our city as his second training base.
“I applaud the promoters and Major Events Gold Coast for bringing this mega fight together. I’ll be in the ring when the bell rings. “
Tickets go on sale to the general public through Ticketek at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28.