Russia is a little late to the Tim Tszyu party by the looks of this tweet.
The Russian Embassy’s attempt to congratulate the boxing star on Wednesday night’s win against Dennis Hogan fell flat after an awkward mix-up.
“Congratulations to great Russian and Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu on decisive victory over Dennis Hogan after five rounds!” the tweet read.
The second-generation fighter has spent the early part of his career attempting to escape the shadow of his world champion father, Kostya.
Last year he emphatically declared “my name’s Tim — not the son” after he defeated Jeff Horn.
It was a message echoed by his manager Glen Jennings after Wednesday night’s win against Dennis Hogan.
“There were some time early in his career where Tim was heavily compared to his father — that wasn’t fair but it was normal. We expected that,” Jennings said. “He’s grown out of that now. Tim’s his own man. The media and everyone address him as Tim, not Kostya’s son.”
Unfortunately Mother Russia missed the memo.
Oops. The Russian embassy congratulates ‘Kostya’ Tszyu.Source:Twitter
Kostya, who was a long-reigning world champion, lives in Moscow and watched his son’s most recent win from a television studio while appearing on a Russian broadcast.
“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.”
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 and Tim Tszyu. Picture: David Swift.Source:News Corp Australia
There’s no doubt father and son look similar, but Tim told The Australian recently there are two key differences.
“I’m taller and better-looking,” he said. “Facts are facts.”
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