They are all watching.
Tim Tszyu may take another giant step towards a world title shot Wednesday night (AEST) when he faces Stevie Spark at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, with international broadcast deals building up more pressure and expectations.
The goal has always been clear for Tszyu: a shiny belt, or two … or three.
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With a win over Spark, Tszyu will position himself well as next in line following the July 18 super welterweight unification fight between WBO champion Brian Castano and WBA, WBC and IBF title holder Jermell Charlo.
“Tim is about to fight for a world title,” said Matt Rose of No Limit Boxing foxsports.com.au. “Tonight it is important that nothing happens that can stop this.”
The fight itself will air in the US, UK and Russia; an opportunity for Tszyu to show the kind of ability that saw him climb the world rankings and record an 18-0-0 record in the process.
“We made a broadcast deal with ESPN so that it could be broadcast live in the United States, so everyone could see Tim before he was about to destroy the champion, in Castano or Charlo.” Rose said.
With Spark (12-1-0, 11KOs) the massive betting outsider, coming in late after Michael Zerafa’s withdrawal, Rose thinks you have to forget the odds.
âYou throw all the chances out the door,â he said.
âIt’s not about odds. If it were odds, we wouldn’t have fought. This is based on the fact that we are giving someone with a 90% KO rate the opportunity to win Tim’s dream of a world title, which could happen in the next three months.
The point is clear: âThe world is watching.
No pressure, Tim.
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– Tim Tszyu v Stevie Spark – 10 rounds of 3 minutes – WBO Global and vacant Commonwealth super welterweight titles
– Liam Wilson vs. Joe Noymay – 10 rounds of 3 minutes – WBO Asia-Pacific Super Featherweight Title
– Wade Ryan vs Troy O’Meley – 10 rounds of 3 minutes – IBO International Super Welterweight Title
– Sam ah See vs Czar Amonsot – 8 rounds of 3 minutes – welterweight
– Linn Sanstrom v Natalie Gonzales Hills – 6 rounds of 2 minutes – vacant ANBF Australasian super flyweight title
– Miles Zalewski vs Le Fook – 8 rounds of 3 minutes.
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