22/04/2024

Tim Tszyu and Terrell Gausha battle against the ropes in the 12 round contest - Photo: Showtime Boxing/Twitter

After tasting the canvas early, surging Super Welterweight Tim Tszyu has rallied to take a decision victory in his US boxing debut.

After suffering early adversity, boxing phenom Tim Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) has rallied back to defeat Terrell Gausha (22-3-1, 11 KOs) in an overall dominant US debut.

With the unanimous decision win (114-113, 116-111, 115-112), the son of the legendary hall of famer Kostya retains his WBO Global Super Welterweight title in the process.

As alluded, not everything went the way of the 27 year old, however.

Gausha capitalised on the trademark calculated start from the Australian, timing a perfect right hand that sent Tszyu to the canvas in the first. Across the next three minutes, the 2012 US Olympian continued to land shots on a still wobbly opponent.

From here, Tszyu flicked the momentum switch in an emphatic way. Having made the read on the movements behind Gausha’s right hand, he began to stalk.

Throughout the subsequent rounds, a body shot barrage started to unfold.

Trapping the Cleveland native against the ropes on the several occasions, Tszyu loaded up on his rips to the midsection. In fact, the punches did so much damage that it appeared the ropes held Gausha up on two separate occasions in rounds four and five, though no knockdowns were awarded.

Such a trend lasted until the ninth round where Gausha, sensing the fight slipping out of his reach, staged a rally of his own. With Tszyu moving into range, the American began throwing uppercuts and overhands, as both men traded in the pocket until the bell.

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As the fight entered the championship rounds, the Sydney-sider remained composed. Now staying at mid-range and focusing on volume over power, Tszyu proceeded to again land at will.

Despite another thudding right hand from Gausha in the final minute of the fight, Tszyu managed to finish the contest as the stronger of the pair.

Post-fight, he reflected on his performance, taking pride in the resilience shown to bounce back after being dropped early.

“That’s a great lesson for myself. I got up and I dug deep,” Tszyu said.

“I was just enjoying myself and I felt in control the whole time.

“There’s a lot more to learn. You’ve just got to keep going, keep improving and keep fighting warriors by Terrell Gausha.”

In all, the win proved to be a solid maiden American outing for Tszyu, who had everything to fight for.

Entering the bout ranked number one by the WBO to Gausha’s number 10, the surging Super Welterweight needed a victory that would set him apart from all other contenders in the division.

With champions Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) meeting for undisputed status May, Tszyu now has no doubt that his overall performance has him primed for the next shot at gold.

“I’ll be there [at Charlo vs Castano], I’ll be watching. Whoever wants it can come and get it,” he concluded.

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