Russia and America are on the radar, but fast rising young boxer Tim Tszyu starts his campaign to clear out Australian opposition against national super welterweight champion Joel Camilleri on Wednesday.
The eldest son of former undisputed light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu, 24-year-old -old Tim (12-0, 10 KOs) headlines his first pay-for-view card when he challenges Camilleri (17-5-1, 8 KOs) at The Star in Sydney.
Beating Camilleri is the first leg of a proposed four-fight plan to clear out the Australian competition for Tszyu, with Michael Zerafa, Dwight Ritchie and former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn also on the hit list.
“You’ve got to be number one in Australia, you’ve got to test yourself here,” Tszyu told AAP.
“It’s like climbing a mountain, you can’t go straight to the top, you’ve got to walk, run whatever you’ve got to do, but you’ve got to slowly get up there, that’s the plan.”
Tszyu’s manager Glen Jennings has made no secret of the plan, but stressed his charge wasn’t looking past Camilleri.
“We’ve got some big fights in front of us, people may think we are overlooking stuff, we aren’t,” Jennings told AAP.
“…the day will come overseas, we’re looking forward to that, there’s already an option for Russia and there is already an option for the US.”
Camilleri, who is the betting outsider, believes his experience and pressure will be too much for Tszyu.
“Get on the inside, work, show my toughness and I’ll get the job done,” Camilleri told AAP.
World ranked cruiserweight Jai Opetaia and former league star, Justin Hodges will feature on the undercard, along with the boxing debut of former UFC fighter Ross Pearson.
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Full undercard: Tim Tszyu vs Joel Camilleri
Cherneka Johnson vs Kirti
Pouono Lopeti vs Harjinder Singh
Kyron Dryden vs Jim Nalawa
Ross Pearson Vs Salar King
Jack Brubaker vs Ty Telford
Justin Hodges vs Troy McMahon
Jai Opetaia vs Abraham Rabul
Main event: Tim Tszyu vs Joel Camilleri
HOW TO WATCH
You can purchase the full card to watch on Main Event here – while the preliminary card will be shown live on Foxtel