Tim Tszyu has a lot of respect for Mendoza: He's World Class For a Reason



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Tim Tszyu has a lot of respect for Mendoza: He's World Class For a Reason
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Undefeated Australian superstar Tim Tszyu delivered a dominant and captivating performance as he pounded and gradually wore down the resilient contender Brian Mendoza in his first defense of the WBO junior middleweight world title.

This twelve-round decision victory took place on Saturday, October 14 (Sunday, October 15 in Australia) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. Tszyu despite having stopped his two previous opponents, he couldn't secure a knockout against Mendoza this time.

Nonetheless, Tszyu landed numerous stunning, highlight-reel shots that left Mendoza in distress on multiple occasions. This impressive performance led to a unanimous decision in Tszyu's favor, with judges scoring the fight 116-111, 116-112, and 117-111.

This Australian young hope with a perfect record of 24-0 and 17 KOs, maintained his undefeated status and solidified his reputation as one of the most promising talents in the world of boxing. He connected with 38% of his power punches, demonstrating his technical prowess and precision, while Mendoza landed 31.6% of his own power punches, making for an exhilarating and closely contested match.

Tszyu expressed his admiration for Mendoza's remarkable toughness and cunning in the ring.

“Man, he’s tough,” he said. “He’s crafty. He’s slick. He has power. He’s world class for a reason.

He’s just behind me. I wanted to have some fun , perform for everyone. It’s my last hurrah. We finished up with a little bang. Hopefully we can all go to Vegas together. I’ve got a pack of lions with me, every single person in Australia.

The support here has been unreal. Thanks to all the day-ones. See you all in Vegas”. as quoted by MMAJunkie Tszyu unleashed a relentless assault on Mendoza during the fifth round, which pr67toved to be the most one-sided round of the fight.

He connected with a punishing left uppercut and a powerful left hook that made a lasting impact, visibly marking Mendoza with a prominent purple bruise under his right eye.