Takeshi Inoue and Tim Tszyu square off ahead of their November 17 blockbuster - Photo: No Limit Boxing

Ahead of No Limit Boxing's Tszyu vs Inoue blockbuster, we asked Australia's professionals to give their pick for the highly anticipated bout

Wednesday night’s blockbuster clash between Tim Tszyu and Japan’s Takeshi Inoue looms as a potential coming out party for the surging Australian.

Through 19 professional bouts (15 KOs), Tszyu has been close to flawless so far in his career. Having defeated former World champion Jeff Horn (20-3-1, 13 KOs) and two-time World title challenger Dennis Hogan (28-4-1, 7 KOs) in his past four fights, the 27-year-old is blazing a path that many believe will lead to a belt of his own.

Now faced with his first international opponent, Tszyu will put his WBO Global Super Welterweight title and number one contender status with the governing body on the line in his pursuit of greatness.

Whether it be through putting his educated feet to work or throwing heavy shots to the mid-section, making a statement to the greater boxing public remains the aim.

Standing in Tszyu’s way will be the heavy-hitting Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10 KOs). No stranger to the spotlight, the Japanese contender will be out to prove that still he belongs on the global ranks, having lost a unanimous decision to Jaime Munguia (38-0, 30 KOs) for the WBO World title in 2019.

With the stage set, two willing combatants with everything to lose will meet in a high quality main event. Coupled with it, a strong undercard, showcasing some of the best fighters on Australia’s domestic scene. To this end, No Limit Boxing’s Tszyu vs Inoue event promises to deliver a great night of fights.

To help break down the contest, The Inner Sanctum asked the professionals to give their pick for the highly-anticipated clash.

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Billel “Baby Face” Dib – WBA Oceania Super Featherweight Champion

“I’ve got Tszyu winning via body shot knockout. Inoue holds his elbows out wide and Tim’s a good body puncher. Unless Inoue can turn it into a dog fight, which I don’t see happening.”

Ben “The Hunter” Horn – WBF Australasian Welterweight Champion

“I believe Tim will stop Inoue. He’s never been stopped and it’s going to be a hard fight, but I do believe that Tim will actually stop him in the later rounds. I think his body shots are too strong and I think he will stop him with a body shot. Inoue comes forward quite strong, which is a plus and also a default at the same time. It’s good and it’s bad.”

Jacob “The Flamingo” Ng – IBF International and WBO Oriental Lightweight Champion

“As a proud Australian, I’m picking Tim for the win. Inoue seems fit. I don’t know much about him, but I’ll say a unanimous decision win.”

“Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell – Commonwealth Female Bantamweight Champion

“I think Tim stops him later rounds, hurts him to the body.”

TC Priestley – Two-time Australian Super Featherweight Champion

“I think Tim wins by points or possibly late-round stoppage. Inoue’s style is perfect for Tim, in that he walks into Tim’s uppercuts and straight shots through the centre all night.”

Tej Singh – Former Australian Middleweight Champion

“I think it could go either way. Now I have heard he looks like a bodybuilder, but I can see determination in the Japanese fighter’s eyes. He’s focused and that can change a lot of things, especially when fighting!”

Stevie Spark – Former IBF Australasian Super Lightweight Champion

“I believe this will be Tim Tszyu’s biggest test to date, but he will be victorious, outclassing the gutsy and game Takeshi who will not stop trying all night. Tim’s timing, accurate punching and superior footwork will get him the win via unanimous points decision.”

Jason “The Warrior” Whateley – 2018 Commonwealth games silver medallist, former IBF Australasian Cruiserweight Champion

“Tim will stop Inoue in the mid to late rounds. I really think Tim is getting better each fight. I believe he is world-class and that he will make a statement in this fight.”

No Limit Boxing’s Tszyu vs Inoue card goes down on Wednesday, November 17, and can be ordered via Main Event/Kayo here

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