Australian boxing gets a look at the next generation on Wednesday night when 24-year-old Tim Tszyu looks to win his first national championship when he steps into the ring against national super welterweight champion Joel Camilleri.
On a massive night for Australian boxing, the bumper action kicks off from 7pm (AEST) from The Star Casino in Sydney.
Main undercard from 7pm (AEST)
Cherneka Johnson vs Kirti
Kyron Dryden vs Jim Nalawa
Ross Pearson Vs Salar King
Justin Hodges vs Troy McMahon
Jai Opetaia vs Abraham Rabul
Jack Brubaker vs Ty Telford
Main event: Tim Tszyu vs Joel Camilleri for the Australian super welterweight title
Gallen spears old rival Hodges
Somebody stop the damn match.Source:AAP
Paul Gallen has brushed off any interest in fighting retired NRL star Justin Hodges to finally settle their State of Origin feud.
Hodges returns to the ring on Wednesday night against Troy McMahon where the former Broncos star will hope to legitimise his claim for higher profile opponents.
However, the man he’s forever been linked with, Gallen, has laughed off any interest in making the fight happen.
Gallen says Hodges is nothing more than an afterthought, preferring instead to fight more established opponents.
Gallen comfortably knocked out former NRL bad boy John Hopoate in less than two rounds in February and has made no secret of his intent to fight one more time when he hangs up his footy boots in October.
Gallen has previously called out Warriors beast Manu Vatuvei after conceding his dream fight with Sonny Bill Williams is unlikely to happen.
Gallen has told Nine’s Wide World of Sports, his potential fight with Hodges would never be sanctioned by the government combat sports authority because Hodges would simply be out of his depth.
“I’d flog him,” Gallen said.
“The fight will never happen. I don’t reckon he’s got the ability to step in the ring with me.
“I don’t understand why he’s said I want to fight him because I never beat him in Origin – I’ve never said I wanted to fight him. He’s the one who said he wants to fight me and looking at his ability, I don’t reckon the fight would be allowed.
“But if he wants to keep calling me out … like I said to John Hopoate, be careful what you wish for.”
Gallen said he’s seen video footage of Hodges sparring against former dual international Lote Tuqiri.
The former Blues captain said it made for ugly viewing.
He also paid out Hodges and McMahon as both not being up to the standard of a professional boxing bout.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to his opponent that he’s about to fight, but he hasn’t got an athletic bone in his body,” Gallen said.
“Hodgo’s a world-class athlete, fighting a bloke like that.”
Tszyu’s promise to clean out Australian boxing
No pressure, Tim.Source:Getty Images
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 Tim (12-0, 10 KOs) headlines his first pay-for-view card when he challenges Camilleri (17-5-1, 8 KOs).
Both men came in slightly overweight at the first time of asking for Wednesday’s fight at The Star in Sydney.
Camilleri removed his underwear immediately and then made the limit, Tszyu did likewise around ten minutes later.
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.
“We know Joel Camilleri is a good fighter and Tim has got to take care of him Wednesday night and do it in a very bold fashion.
‘Then we’ll move on and we’ve got a bit of a plan moving forward. “But 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.
— with AAP
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