In a blow for Queensland boxing fans, Tim Tszyu (19-0) much anticipated Super-Welterweight boxing match against Japan’s Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1) has been relocated from the Gold Coast to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, set to still take place on the 17th of November.
A statement on No Limit Boxing’s social media pages confirmed the news.
“It’s obviously disappointing that we couldn’t proceed with this event on the Gold Coast, but Sydney is back in business. Qudos Bank Arena is the biggest indoor venue in the state and a worthy venue to host a fight of this magnitude,” the statement said.
The fight was originally meant to take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre however was moved due to the tough border and quarantine policies in place by the Queensland Government, forcing the switch in venues.
Yesterday No Limit Boxing CEO, George Rose released a statement explaining that the fight would be relocated from the Gold Coast.
“The ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the impact of hotel quarantine on the health and welfare of our fighters made it impossible for the fight to continue in Queensland,” Rose said.
“I want to stress that we are completely supportive of the hotel quarantine system and would like to specifically thank Queensland Health for doing all they could to make this fight happen on the Gold Coast.
“I can promise everyone that No Limit Boxing will be back on the Gold Coast bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
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According to Fox Sports Ben Damon, Qudos Bank Arena will be at 75 per cent capacity with over 10,000 tickets being made available to the public.
Tszyu will look to defend his WBO Global light-middleweight title against Inoue and if he wins also add the WBO Asia Pacific light-middleweight title to his collection.
There was some conjecture towards the fight when it was originally booked with the belief that Tszyu had earned a bigger fight than Inoue who is currently ranked seventh-ranked by the WBO in comparison to Tszyu who is the number one contender.
This will be 26 year olds third fight of the year having previously defeated Dennis Hogan in March by TKO and Steve Spark by round three TKO in July on short notice.
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