The American debut of Tim Tszyu is drawing ever closer and the super-welterweight contender cannot wait for fight night.
Tszyu faces former world title challenger Terrell Gausha in Minneapolis tomorrow night, and the 27-year-old is on cloud nine to be finally Stateside.
“This is a buzz for me. I’m super excited,” he said at yesterday’s final press conference.
“We’ve done great things in Australia and sold-out arenas in one day. But I needed to come over to America because this is what I’ve always watched throughout my life growing up. To finally experience it is incredible. This is what I live for.”
Fighting in America is long overdue for the unbeaten Australian, but the Coronavirus pandemic has prevented him from travelling overseas.
“This has been a long time in the making,” said Tszyu.
“I’m pumped. I’m out of my skin. My father (Kostya) gave me advice about the fight, like what to do and what not to do.”
Tszyu was respectful of Gausha and didn’t go into too much detail about the fight, instead he plans to repeat what has served him well so far in his 20-fight career.
“I’m going to do what I always do. The game plan is quite simple. I’m going to make as few mistakes as possible and capitalize on his mistakes.”
Gausha says he is “feeling dangerous” and insists he can do things in the ring that Tszyu hasn’t seen before.
“I feel like I’m just a different kind of opponent than anything he’s ever faced,” said the 2012 Olympian.
“I’m sure he’s been watching my fights, but I think what he’s been watching is the wrong thing. I don’t think he’s going to be ready for what I’m going to show him Saturday.”