Australian boxing star Tim Tszyu is “going through hell” as he prepares to face Japanese boxer Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1) on November 17th.
Tszyu, who channels his inner Rabbitoh ahead of the NRL grand finale, is put to the test as he prepares to face a man he describes as a “brick wall.”
“It’s a different preparation, this preparation is about conditioning, courage, strength, the ability to hold the 12 rounds because this guy is built like a brick wall,” Tszyu told Ben Damon of the Main Event, sporting his Rabbitohs jersey ahead of their grand final against Penrith Panthers this weekend.
“You’re going to hit him, hit him, hit him and he’s going to keep moving forward and that type of opponent is very difficult to deal with sometimes.
“Strategically I know what’s going on, but for me this fight is more about being in a state of crazy conditioning.”
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If Tszyu succeeds in his own way, the fight will not go the distance against the world No.7.
As he says, “I don’t want the last bell to ring.
Tszyu won’t be in the ring for almost two months, but he’s already trained hard for the past eight weeks.
The 26-year-old was scheduled to fight American Tony Harrison, but their fight was called off earlier this month.
Disappointed at first, Tszyu says he had to adapt because the world isn’t waiting for you.
“It was frustrating at first because my mind was completely focused on Tony Harrison, and I was ready to get a hold of him and I was excited because I knew it would be a good challenge,” Tszyu said.
“He’s a good boxer. But, you know what, the ball is moving. You have to continue to adapt and overcome the obstacles that stand in front of you and Takeshi Inoue is next.
“I’m not backing down and he’s not going back, and that’s going to mean there’s going to be a clash. It’s going to be good.”
The fight promises to be one of its last on national soil until it travels overseas, with Covid continuing to plague its journey across the globe.
But Tszyu says the extra time fighting in front of his home fans has been a blessing in disguise.
“I really love being in front of the camera, being able to fight, being able to do this process over and over again and the fact that I’m doing it here in Australia for all my fans is another example of why I ‘I do all of this, ”he said.
“Again, no risk, no reward anyway.
“I am only young in this sport. Why not fight the best, fight the best, and fight whoever is out there. “
As for the NRL final, Tszyu believes the Rabbits will win their second prime ministerial post this century. He jokes that he became a full-time fan of the team after “hopping on the bandwagon” after their triumph in 2014.
Tszyu also shares the same leadership as supersrars Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell and reveled in learning a surprising and humiliating lesson from the former.
“I’ve been to the office a few times with No Limit and Cody Walker definitely tore me apart at table tennis, he also got me into a basketball game. I thought I had him, but he’s on another level in these two games, ”Tszyu said.
“We were talking a little loud, and I walked in and they got me. Cody Walker got me. I wasn’t expecting it, but he’s a beast at table tennis and basketball.