Big time boxing returns to the Armory in Minnesota this weekend. Tim Tszyu, the son of boxing royalty and hall of famer Kosta Tszyu makes his U.S. debut when he takes on former U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha.
This matchup is intriguing for a multitude of reasons. Take a look at how I breakdown the fight below.
TIM TSZYU VS TERRELL GAUSHA
Date: Saturday, March 26
Main card: 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT
Main event ringwalks (approx): 12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT
This fight has so many intriguing storylines even if the odds are lopsided in Tszyu’s favor who is -1100 on DraftKings Sportsbook. For starters, Tszyu is making his U.S. headlining a U.S. card on a U.S. network. Tszyu has spent his entire career fighting in his home country of Australia.
Yes, Tszyu (20-0, 15 KO’s) comes in with the name and he also comes in with the undefeated record but Gausha is no slouch. Gausha (22-2-1, 11 KO’s) is a 2012 U.S. Olympian. He has 3 blemishes on his record that comes to top competition. He drew with Austin Trout. His only 2 losses came to Erickson Lubin and to former 154 lb. champion Erislandy Lara. Gausha has not been stopped at any point in his career.
Premier Boxing Champions, the Al Haymon outfit that has collaborated primarily with the Showtime and Fox Networks, also are promoting the event. Al Haymon has managed Gausha since he turned pro after the Olympics. Not saying to expect funny business but when placing money on fights that is always something to consider.
So what plays do I like in this fight?
Tim Tszyu did not have to come to the U.S. or take this fight because he is the mandatory for Brian Castano’s WBO 154 world title. But while he waits for Castano, he is taking a risky fight against Gausha who as I mentioned before isn’t quite top level but on the fringe or just outside of the top 10.
But is Tim Tszyu in the top 10?
I believe he has the ability to be just that. He has the pedigree, the technique, and above average power. Gausha has never been stopped and himself has the pedigree and technique. The factor that I think will be the biggest factor in this fight is activity.
Gausha has not fought since last year, which is an ongoing trend for most fighters. But Tim Tszyu? He fought three times last year and his last fight was 5 months ago. I think Tim Tszyu will be the more in form and sharper fighter
Tszyu has a great body attack but he cannot fall in love with it. He has to give Gausha some variety in his attack if he is to win this fight. Had Gausha been more active I would be all over the +600 odds because I think it is a good number for Gausha who has faced better competition even though he has come up short.
I think Tszyu wins this fight and impresses. But Gausha’s pedigree is enough for him to see the final bell.
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