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Ahead of Canelo Alvarez’s historic tilt at the undisputed super middleweight crown against Caleb Plant this Sunday (AEDT) Tim Tszyu has labelled the Mexican superstar his ultimate target, and outlined how he could beat him.
The pair is currently separated by two weight divisions and the experience of 40 professional fights but Tszyu expects his body’s natural development to take him to super middleweight eventually and potentially into the path of the sport’s biggest name.
“Canelo does a lot of things very well but there is no such thing as a perfect boxer. He’s beatable and I’d love the opportunity to take a fight against someone like him,” says Tszyu.
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“I think Golovkin showed in their first fight that there is a way to beat him. I’d do to Canelo exactly what he does to other people – take the fight to him, find the shots to hurt him. Everybody can be hurt.”
Alvarez and Plant came to blows at a recent press conference and fight week will provide more drama as the undefeated American attempts to unsettle the pound-for-pound king but Tszyu isn’t giving the IBF Super Middleweight champ much hope.
“I think Plant is trying to psyche himself up for the fight. He might look good for a couple of rounds – boxing well – but I think Canelo will catch up with him.”
The Canelo v Plant event will be broadcast via pay-per-view on Fox Sports 507 this Sunday from 1pm AEDT, due to the clash with UFC 268, and like all Main Event broadcasts it is purchasable via Foxtel and Kayo.
MOLONEY TO BRING BACK THE MONSTER
Flyweight Andrew Moloney has vowed to return to a more aggressive style when he headlines a Fox Sports show, against former world title challenger Froilan Saludar, on Thursday 9 December.
Moloney’s last three bouts were all world title fights against Joshua Franco, featuring a highly controversial ‘no contest’ and two unanimous decision losses, but ‘The Monster’ says the clash with Saludar represents the beginning of a new chapter.
“It’s so frustrating looking back at the Franco trilogy. I just got fixated on trying to outbox him rather than trying to hurt him. When you’re boxing it’s a fight, not a game,” says Moloney.
“I’m going to go back to doing what I used to do – go out there and try to knock blokes out – and that starts here with Saludar. He’s a tough fighter from an outstanding boxing family and his only losses have been against the top guys, so if I can get past him I’m right back at the top of the division.”
The Moloney v Saludar undercard will feature Stevie Spark as well as Lenny Zappavigna.
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TERMINATOR TARIMO’S ELIMINATOR SHOT
Tanzanian-born, Australian-based super featherweight Bruno Tarimo has been booked to fight an IBF world title eliminator with Englishman Zelfa Barrett on December 19 (AEDT) in Manchester as part of the undercard of the Joseph Parker v Dereck Chisora rematch.
Barrett is ranked #4 in the world by the IBF, while Tarimo is #5 and has become a regular fixture on Main Event shows where he’s had dominant victories against Kye MacKenzie and Nathaniel May.
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GALLEN v ALOIAI SORTED ON INSTA
Paul Gallen v Josh Aloiai is the first domestic Main Event bout to be finalised on Instagram Live but given the success of negotiations on the platform it might not be the last.
An impasse over the amount and duration of the rounds for the fight was overcome on Saturday night in a live virtual meeting between Gallen, Aloiai, George Rose and myself, when my suggestion of 8 x 2 minute rounds was agreed to by both fighters.
Initially Gallen wanted 6 x 3 minute rounds while Aloiai started at 8 x 2.
The hostility between the two cross-code athletes during the call was wild, with Gallen labelling Aloiai “a nothing who has done nothing” and “an arrogant prick”, and will inevitably continue at a press conference on Monday to make the bout official.
As part of a No Limit double-header Gallen v Aloiai will take place at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and live on Main Event on Friday 10 December, with an undercard featuring a bout between NRL identities Joey Leilua and Chris Heighington, and Kotoni Staggs also fighting.
BENJAMIN’S “A BEAST”
On this week’s episode of the Main Event Boxing Podcast I talk to Tszyu v Inoue undercard fighters and former Tszyu opponents Dennis Hogan, Wade Ryan and Joel Camilleri.
Tszyu has been sparring rounds with Benjamin Hussain who will also fight on the undercard and has offered high praise for the super welterweight best known for battling through a sickening broken jaw against Ben Mahoney.
“Ben is a beast! You saw with the broken jaw against Mahoney he is made of something else so, for sure, I think he could do plenty in the sport,” says Tszyu.
“He would win a rematch with Mahoney now if they could organise that fight for him. In the meantime he’s been giving me good rounds – him and Joel (Camilleri) have given me solid work.”
Hussain will face MMA fighter Darwin Sagurit who will be making his professional boxing debut.
PARO’S BIG OPPORTUNITY
Undefeated Queenslander Liam Paro is about to be confirmed for the undercard of a major international show.
Paro is ranked #3 in the world at super lightweight with the WBO and the IBF with details of his breakout opportunity, against a world-ranked opponent, expected to be made official in within days.