Tim Tszyu vs Tony Harrison, Kostya Tszyu unlikely to attend son’s title fight in Sydney, latest news
Tim Tszyu has revealed that Hall of Famer Kostya is unlikely to be in his corner for his first world title – as originally planned – as a family situation will keep him in Russia.
Just 12 days before his WBO championship showdown against American Tony Harrison, Tszyu confirmed he will likely be going to the biggest fight of his life without a father by his side.
The new face of Australian boxing revealed that although the old man was due to attend the blockbuster at Qudos Arena, he will stay at home to take care of his baby daughter.
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When asked Wednesday if his father would attend, Tszyu said, “I’m not sure, mate.
“I’m not sure… My little sister is a little bit sick, so I think he’s taking care of her. We will see how everything develops.”
It was announced back in December that Kostya would bring his eldest son to the ring for a Jan. 29 blockbuster game in Las Vegas against the undisputed king of the division, Jermell Charlo.
However, even when that fight was canceled – due to Charlo breaking his hand sparring – there was still talk that Kostya would participate in his boy’s revised WBO interim super welterweight showdown on Sunday, March 12.
The event is hugely momentous for Australia’s famous fighter family as Nikita Tszyu (4-0) will also look to maintain his own undefeated record on the undercard against Tasmanian Bo Belbin (7-0).
Unfortunately, Kostya is unlikely to be at ringside as planned.
Ahead of Christmas, Tim Tszyu revealed to Fox Sports Australia that he needed to “chat” with the old man about what to expect on fight night.
The revelation followed interviews a year earlier when the boxer said he would never have Kostya in the front row for his bouts again as he tends to get “out of control”.
In 2016, Kostya surprised his boy by not only flying to Sydney on the eve of his professional debut against Zorran Cassady, but sitting at the ring the next day.
But speaking after the fight, Tim revealed how Papa’s thick Russian accent grew so loud and rapid during the fight that it became the only voice the boxer could hear as he – increasingly frustrated – fought his way through a hard six- Rounders fought.
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Asked about it after the evening, Tszyu described his old man’s presence as “chaotic” and “out of control,” adding, “Dad is a control freak so it’s hard for him to see someone he loves fight in the ring. ”
When asked in December if he was worried about having the old man back in his corner as planned for the Charlo title fight, he laughed: “A little bit.
“But before any of that happens, we’re going to have a chat.
“Because the last time my father saw me fight, I was a boy.
“But now it’s very different.
“I am my own man.
“And what I did to get into this position, I did all by myself.”
Importantly, Tszyu added, his father, who remarried and returned to Russia when his sons were young, now understood.
“And respect it,” he said.
“Before, dad always saw me as his little boy.
“But not anymore.”
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