Tim Tszyu defeated a very game Takeshi Inoue by decision. (Photo: No Limit Boxing/Facebook)

Tim Tszyu retained his WBO Mandatory status with a dominating unanimous decision win over a very game Takeshi Inoue.

Tim Tszyu retained his WBO Mandatory status with a dominating unanimous decision win over a very game Takeshi Inoue.

The win puts Tszyu in a prime position to challenge either Jermell Charlo or Brian Castaño for a world title.

Tszyu controlled the pace of the fight by applying suffocating pressure to his Japanese opponent from the start, as well as being a lot more active in terms of his punch output. The uppercuts from The Aussie proved to be the biggest factor as he was landing them at will throughout the duration of the fight.

Tszyu started to land vicious body shots in the middle rounds, which appeared to have had a major effect as Inoue looked like he was slowly fading.

Inoue seemed to have caught a second wind in the later rounds, as he had his moments when he had success trading with Tszyu, but it wasn’t enough as Tszyu cruised to win on all three judges’ scorecards. (120-107 x2, 119-108)

The decision marked the first time Tim had ever fought for a full twelve rounds and the first time he had gone past the eighth round in six fights. (Dwight Ritchie in 2019)

Tszyu also retains his WBO Global Light Middleweight title and also wins the vacant WBO Asia Pacific Light Middleweight title.

Although he didn’t get the knockout victory, Tszyu praised Inoue for his durability.

“He’s like a brick wall” Tszyu said, “I heard him squeal a couple of times and he still wouldn’t go down”. “His face is completely battered and his body, I’m sure he’s gonna be sore tomorrow, but man what a warrior.”

Tszyu also conceded that he needs to be better if he is going to fight the world’s best.

“I think this is the best thing that could have happened” Tszyu said, ” get a good twelve rounds in before I hit the big time”. “I’ll be back in the gym, I gotta be a lot more prepared than that, because I need to take them out one by one”.

Tszyu signed off with a chilling message to world champions Brian Castaño and Jermell Charlo.

“You guys finish your little honeymoons because I’m coming for every single one of you”.

Tszyu also told Main Event that he wants to go to The United States to fight for a world title in either February or March next year.

Rest Of The Main Card

Wade Ryan retains the IBO International Light Middleweight title with a unanimous decision win over Nath Nwachukwu (100-89, 99-90, 98-91)

Ryan fought a smart fight and did a great job picking his shots, by using the jab he was able to find a home for the left cross frequently.

Nwachukwu pressed the Aussie, but he didn’t throw many punches.

Ryan scored a knockdown in the final round to emphasise the win.

Dennis Hogan defeats Tommy Browne by unanimous decision (60-54 x3)

Dennis Hogan dominated Tommy Browne, winning every single round on the judges’ scorecards.

Hogan used his jab effectively and started to land bigger shots later on, Browne looked like he couldn’t get out of first gear.

Browne announced his retirement during his post-fight interview, he retires with 42 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw.

Hogan feels that the win takes him closer to another opportunity at a world title.

Keon Mazoudier wins the WBC Australasian Light Middleweight title with a split decision win over Joel Camilleri (77-75, 74-78, 78-74)

This fight was very close, Camilleri started off strong as he was moving fluently and constantly finding a home for the overhand right.

As the fight went on Mazoudier was able to telegraph Camilleri’s movements as he caught him with some good shots.

Trent Girdham defeated Alex Lual by unanimous decision (39-36, 39-37, 40-35)

This fight was an amazing way to start off the main card. Girdham was in control of the majority of the fight after winning most of the exchanges, he also used his lead hand to telegraph Lual’s entries.

Lual had lots of moments showcasing his impressive speed, but Girdham’s first round knockdown is what sealed it.

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