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Kostya Tszyu’s heartfelt message to Tim after Dennis Hogan destruction

Kostya Tszyu might not be welcome ringside at his son Tim’s fights — but he’s still riding every high with the second generation star as he conquers Australian boxing.

Tim explained before Wednesday night’s five round destruction of Dennis Hogan how his dad had only ever been to one of his fights — an unexpected and chaotic appearance at his debut back in 2016.

The long-reigning undisputed light welterweight world champion was in a TV studio in Moscow as his protege moved to 18-0 with a performance that made the boxing world stand up and take notice.

“I just spoke to him,” Tim said at his post-fight press conference. “He was on the channel in Russia because they televised it there, you could tell he was happy.”

Kostya later posted a heartfelt message on Tim’s Instagram page in the hours after the emphatic victory, writing: “Love you and so proud.”

Kostya’s message to Tim on Instagram.Source:Instagram

Kostya and Tim two years ago. Picture: David Swift.Source:News Corp Australia

Tim is determined to forge his own path in boxing but is well aware of his father’s achievements and determined to take his own career to great heights.

“I’m not satisfied, I haven’t achieved anything in my eyes yet,” he said.

“My dad was an undisputed world champion for 10 years, what have I done?

“Again, give me a few years. I’ve got a long way to go, my comparisons and my goals are out of this world and that’s what I’m going to be striving for.”

Kostya was in a suit and appeared to be watching the fight in a TV studio.Source:Instagram

Tim’s victory over Hogan provided an interesting comparison with current WBC middleweight titleholder Jermall Charlo, who took seven rounds to finish the Irishman.

It’s actually Jermall’s twin brother Jermell who holds most of the belts in Tim’s current division, but the Australian’s quick dismissal of Hogan is still a clear sign of his world-class talent.

“Charlo got rid of Hogan in seven, I did it in five, so my pace was a bit quicker than Charlo’s,” Tim said.

“I want an international fight, I want to be recognised globally, I want to be a global boxing star, that’s my goal and it’s always been my goal.

“And I think I need those big names, there’s a few boys that really interest me.”

Tim Tszyu punches Dennis Hogan during the WBO Global Super Welterweight title fight at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

But he admitted there was still room for improvement.

“In Round One I was a bit too excited, which now comes with experience but in Rounds Two and Three I was able to just slow it down, not rush and be able to pick my shots,” he said.

“Again, I was rushing a bit and I wasn’t 100 per cent happy with my performance.”

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