Tszyu: There’s a long road ahead

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF #6, WBO #9, WBC #12 light middleweight Tim Tszyu (16-0, 12 KOs) has dismissed that he will be challenging for a world title in his next fight after scoring an eight round stoppage of former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn (20-3-1, 13 KOs) at the Bank Stadium in Townsville, Queensland on Wednesday. Tszyu talked to news.com.au about his future plans, which include being back in the gym on Monday.

”Of course, a world title isn’t going to be next,” Tsyzu said. “In six months, two years, who knows? I want to get to the top. There’s a long road ahead. There are plenty of tough fights ahead…Monday, I’ll be back training. I’ll be back in the gym and become obsessive again.”

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  • I have to respect Tim’s self-assessment of his future plans. Tim at this point is very humble and giving himself room to improve even with a win. Notice he is not acting like a punk or a know-it-all unlike some mouthy fighters. Will be worth the energy to follow this fighter as he grows in the sport.

  • True words by Tim…. and we figure that if he’s got some inherited talent mixed with discipline and hard work…. this kid has a good future!

  • Smart.
    He seems to understand. And had good perspective.
    His win over Horn is big for him but not an indication of how the the Next level of competition will be.

  • Young Tszyu is staying well grounded while maintaining a steady aspiration for boxing glory. He is keeping it simple and keeping it real. Win, lose or draw, young Tszyu appears willing to put in the “grunt work” and “blood, sweat and tears” to solidly maintain his last name in the boxing world. Best wishes to him.

  • Good head on his shoulders…and he wants to keep it there for now. Down the road, he could be ready.

  • I observed in his fight vs. Horn that Tim is not ready for the top guys at 154. The best of him is the humbling way to acknowledge this with decent words. Any boxer with some amount of talent like Tim, can climb to the top upon of hard work and discipline, he shouldn’t be the exception because he is doing everything correctly.
    I hope the ambition don’t blind his handlers and throw him under the bus in a fight he is not yet prepared.

  • I love Tim’s atttitude. His dad & mom both raised him well. His little brother will likely be a world champion too. Nikita (Tim’s brother / Kostya’s other son) is doing well himself. Their sister (Anastasia) does not box.

  • I like how Tim says there are tough fights ahead of him before he fights for a title as if the fight with Horn wasn’t one of those tough fights. Hopefully he can stay undefeated and in 3-5 years fight Canelo at 160 if Canelo is still around and at that weight.

  • Hard not to root for a guy who takes such an honest self-inventory. He definitely has the patience to be a champion.

  • Would like to see him fight a few more times in Australia before moving over to the USA.

  • After beating the alltime great, legendary, Australian sporting icon Jeff Horn what else could Tszyu possibly hope to accomplish?

    • Same wait as Kabib – Tim should stay focused on the stand up game – win the WBO title and lure Kabib to the squared circle – winner takes all 2 belts on the line the MMA belt and the. WBO belt. Could sell out the major stadium in Brisbane both fighters make 150 million each and break all known records.

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