Nikita Tszyu – Tim’s younger brother and Kostya’s son – will have an extra 24 hours to sweat in his first professional boxing fight.
The 24-year-old, who left his ‘boring’ life as an architect to follow in the footsteps of his family’s rich boxing history, was supposed to fight Aaron Stahl (2-0-1) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center . Wednesday night.
But after the venue was flooded, amid the savage weather that has hit Queensland and northern New South Wales, the fight has been moved and will take place on Thursday evening (from 6 p.m. local time) . The new venue will be announced at tomorrow’s rescheduled press conference.
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The press conference scheduled for Monday was postponed due to QLD flooding and has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. (local time).
Tszyu fights on the same card as Dennis Hogan and Wade Ryan.
One person who knows the feeling of having his boxing plans sabotaged is his older brother Tim, whose highly anticipated debut in the United States has recently been set in motion.
Talk to press companyTim said he can’t wait to see Australia’s reaction when they watch his ‘beast’ of a brother.
“I’m nervous, but at the same time pretty excited because this kid is a beast, he’s got this killer instinct in him, he’s super skilled, he’s got all the tools,” Tszyu said.
“The best thing is that he has this determination, he just wants to reach the top.
“I know what’s going to happen, I can’t wait to see Australia’s reaction to this fighting kid.
“I think Nikita hits Michael Zerafa now.”
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Nikita, who spent six years out of the ring to focus on his studies after a promising amateur career, says he’s eager to accept the pressure to step out of the limelight.
“That kind of pressure hones me,” Nikita Tszyu said.
“The times I started to get a little too arrogant and confident, I started to lose myself. So the pressure of constantly being in the spotlight is going to sharpen me.
“I had to go back to basics, but in doing so I was able to hone my tools much better and get a deeper perspective on how I want to fight.
“I expected a hard work pace, but it’s a shock to the body to have to do it day after day.”