Tim Tszyu was able to get anything he preferred out of his final fight of 2021 ahead of an eyed title shot.
All the things other than a stoppage, of training course.
Takeshi Inoue showed resilience and bravery in likely twelve 1-sided rounds with Tszyu, who claimed a landslide selection Wednesday at Qudos Financial institution Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. Scores have been 119-108, 120-107 and 120-107 in favor of Tszyu, who was credited with a final round knockdown but pressured to go the 12-spherical distance for the initially time in his job.
“That guy’s developed like a brick wall,” Tszyu claimed of Inoue’s longevity. “I f*cking hit him with everything and he would not go down.”
Tszyu has totally embraced his new ‘Soul Taker’ moniker, stalking Inoue from the opening bell. The unbeaten 2nd-generation boxer—whose father Kostya is a extensive-retired, Corridor of Fame former lineal junior welterweight champion—slowly walked down the traveling to Inoue, inexpensive but exact with his punches. Inoue did not offer any motive for the regional hero to change his attack, hardly ever throwing extra than one punch at a time for considerably of the night time.
The exact sample held real in round two. Inoue liked what proved to be his best moment of the combat, landing a flush left hook upstairs. Tszyu shook off the blow and proceeded with his strategy of stalking Inoue. The undefeated contender had Inoue cornered in spherical three, connecting with a ideal hand that snapped again the head of his viewing challenger. Tszyu drove house an uppercut that Inoue took flush, however remaining upright.
Inoue identified himself in difficulty once all over again in spherical 5. Tszyu failed to experience the need to have to change the pace of the struggle, shortening ring space for Inoue and landing a proper hand that pressured the stocky challenger to clinch.
A temporary moment of success arrived for Inoue in round 6, connecting with a straight proper hand. Tszyu did not flinch as he went back again on the offensive. Inoue returned to a forced defensive method, at the rear of a restricted guard in his very best exertion to avoid the incoming.
It didn’t usually perform out for Inoue. Tszyu experienced the Japanese boxer reeling in spherical 7, landing straight suitable fingers and ripping human body shots. The group was despatched into a frenzy as they sensed a stoppage, only for the second to never ever appear. The reverse happened, in actuality, as Tszyu was prolonged over and above the eighth spherical for the to start with time considering the fact that a 10-round final decision get over Dwight Richie in August 2019.
Motion slowed in the later rounds, even though Tszyu never ever stopped trying to crack down Inoue and deliver a stoppage acquire. Inoue was not able to provide something far more than a sturdy goal, while to the stage of forcing Tszyu into uncharted territory in seeing the 11th spherical for the to start with time in his profession.
Tszyu earlier fought past spherical eight just three situations as a professional, all three occasions going the 10-spherical distance. A related fate awaited as fatigue seemed to established in for the two boxers. Tszyu ongoing to pound absent at Inoue’s midsection, using benefit of the opening as Inoue fought behind a high guard.
The knockout never ever came, even though Tszyu was credited with the lone knockdown of the fight. Inoue tried to spin his way out of a clinch, acquiring caught with a straight right hand to the shoulder which was dominated an official knockdown. The sequence could have been ruled a slip, even though Inoue was forced to consider the mandatory 8 count before continuing to become the 1st to go twelve rounds with Tszyu.
It was for naught, as Inoue falls to 17-2-1 (5KOs) in dropping a landslide selection. With it arrives to the end of a modest 5-struggle earn streak adhering to a twelve-round decline to then-unbeaten WBO junior middleweight titlist Jaime Munguia in January 2019.
Tszyu now has his sights on the similar title, at this time owned by Brian Castaño (17–1, 12KOs). The gain sends Tszyu’s file to 20- (15KOs), ending his 5-battle knockout streak nevertheless excellent adequate to keep his location as the range-a person challenger to the WBO title.
“You boys end your tiny honeymoons,” Tszyu proclaimed, in the way of Castaño and lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF titlist Jermell Charlo. “I am on a mission now and I am using ’em all out 1 by a person.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox