Tim Tszyu is set to have a big fight on his hands after his opponent, world No.7 Takeshi Inoue, showed off his ripped condition ahead of the bout.
The Japanese fighter has only lost once in his 19 professional bouts and that was in a world-title fight against Jaime Munguia, who is considered one of the best middleweights in the world.
He has 10 knockouts in those fights and will provide Tszyu’s toughest test to date as he continues to build towards a world title fight of his own.
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And Inoue left onlookers stunned with the shape he has arrived in for the fight, something which he has put down to his conditioning and Australian diet since entered the country.
“My condition has got better since I came here,” he said through a translator. “I like Australian food. I like Australian beef steak.”
He also said he expects to beat Tszyu inside the distance and the fact that he hasn’t fought outside of Australia before will play into the Japanese boxer’s hands come November 17.
“Towards the end of the fight, I’m thinking about that’s when I will knockout Tim Tszyu, that’s how I’ve been practicing for the fight.
“Tim Tszyu has only ever fought in Australia, he hasn’t got experience overseas. I have more experience, including against Munguia, when although I lost, the fight was very close.
“I’m confident, I have much more experience so I think I can beat Tim Tszyu.”