Tim Tszyu fights Jack Brubaker Dec 6 in Australia
By Anthony Cocks
Junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu 14-0 (10) could be just one win away from a world title shot.
The 25-year-old Sydneysider is scheduled to take on ‘Gelignite’ Jack Brubaker 16-2-2 (8) at the ICC Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia on December 6.
“It’s been quite a successful year getting to that number one stage in Australia,” Tszyu told AAP. “In 2020, I want to be number one on the world stage.
“Internationally world-ranked opponents and even a world title, that’s what I want for 2020.”
That opportunity could come sooner rather than later.
Junior middleweight contenders Carlos Adames 18-0 (14) and Patrick Teixeira 30-1 (22) will meet at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Saturday on the Oscar Valdez-Andres Gutierrez undercard.
The fight was originally scheduled as a world title eliminator but will now be contested for the interim WBO belt with the winner likely to be elevated to full champion at next week’s WBO convention in Tokyo.
The WBO belt currently held by Jamie Munguia is expected to be officially vacated at the convention after the Mexican banger announced last week that he will be moving up to middleweight to face Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan at the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 11.
This week Top Rank chairman Bob Arum told ESPN that if Adames wins he plans to bring him to Australia to make his first title defense against Tszyu early in the new year.
But for now, Tszyu remains focused on the task at hand.
“(Brubaker) is very cocky, he lives in his own little dream world… he’s going to face reality on December 6,” he said.
Brubaker, 28, is moving up from welterweight to take the fight but insists he’s not just here to make up the numbers. Since hooking up with trainer Jeff Fenech a few months back, he has continued to improve his style.
“You (will see a) few refinements (but I’m) still the same beast, but a smarter beast. Jeff is bringing out the best in me,” Brubaker told AAP.
The Cronulla local said that all the pressure is on Tszyu to perform.
“Tim can say all he wants in his monotone, quite boring personality,” Brubaker continued.
“But when we get in the ring my excitement comes out and we’re biting down on the mouthguards, we’re going to see who takes a backward step first.
“Timmy has the weight of the world on his shoulders, he has that last name.”
Tszyu famous father, former undisputed junior welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu, won’t be ringside for the fight.
“Let him stay in Russia,” Tszyu said. “He’s a bit loud and gets a bit nervous during the fights so better for him to stay at home and watch it on the TV and we can talk after.”