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The Australian super middleweight title is up for grabs when challenger Tim Tszyu takes on defending champion Joel Camilleri at Sydney’s Star Casino tonight. Join The Roar for a live blog of the action from around 8:45pm (AEST).
Tim Tszyu is the 24-year-old son of Russian-born boxing legend Kostya, who famously emigrated to Australia in the early 1990s and went on to become the undisputed world super lightweight champion in the early 2000s.
Sydney-raised Tim has the same facial features as his famous father, but he’s taller and heavier. He’s campaigning at super welterweight and is unbeaten in his 12 career fights so far, winning 10 by KO.
Kostya also had an aggressive style, with 25 of his 31 career wins coming by way of KO. He finished with a career record of 31-2.
All the hype is around Tim heading into this fight and he’s the heavy favourite. But defending champion Joel Camilleri will be determined to spoil the party. The 28-year-old Victorian won the Australian title in his last fight in February, stopping New Zealand-born Queenslander Billy Limov in five rounds in an impressive performance.
The undercard will feature 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia (16-0) who’ll fight at cruiserweight, as well as ex-NRL star Justin Hodges in his second professional bout in the heavyweight division.
Tszyu to seize his opportunity and deliver an impressive performance in securing a late stoppage, but he won’t have it all his own way.