Terrell Gausha Faces A Tough Decision After A Decisive Loss To Tim Tszyu
By: Andrew Johnson
Terrell Gausha (22-3-1) arrived at The Armory in Minneapolis on Saturday with a singular mission: defeat Australia’s rising star Tim Tszyu (21-0) and resuscitate his campaign for a shot to become Super Welterweight champion.
In Gausha’s eyes, the former Olympian could clearly see a path to another title fight if he beat Tszyu. He envisioned an opportunity to face the winner of Jermell Charlo (34-1-1) and Brian Castaño (17-0-2) and the chance to hold on to his place as a legitimate contender at 154 lbs. “There’s no other way around it.” said Gausha at Thursday’s press conference, “The winner of this fight should get the winner of the Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castaño rematch.”
Gausha’s career lost momentum after he lost a title fight to Erislandy Lara (28-3-3) in 2017. He fought to a draw with Austin Trout (34-5-1) and then lost to Erickson Lubin (24-1) in his last bout before Covid shut down boxing. Gausha rebounded by smashing Jamontay Clark (15-2-1) inside of a fanless “bubble”, but the betting public felt his best days were behind him and their wagers placed him as an 11-1 underdog against Tszyu.
The fight started slow, but Gausha ignited the crowd of nearly 5,000 with a sharp right hand to Tsyzu’s chin and a first-round knockdown. Gausha was clearly the B side of the main event, but he rose from his stool to start the second round with the upset in reach and the fans at his back, but his feet seemed heavy and lifeless. Tszyu was able to control the ring and keep Gausha’s back against the ropes over the next five rounds. He absorbed hundreds of punches and didn’t throw enough to make Tsyszu think twice before unloading.
By the 7th, Gausha’s eyes were no longer set on Charlo and Castaño, they were focused on surviving the night. Murmurs in the crowd about stopping the fight were silenced in the 8th round by a Gausha rally, but the younger, stronger Tsyzu dominated the remaining minutes and won easily on the scorecards.
Terrell Gausha fought hard, but he implemented a strategy that maximized the punishment to his body and minimized his chance of winning. If he threw fewer punches, the referee would have likely stopped the fight before the final bell and if he took more chances, he might have been able to score another knockdown. He extinguished his chance at a victory by spending most of the fight flat-footed and glued to the ropes.
Gausha is now 34-years-old and after the loss, he is left without many inspiring options for the next move in his career. He could hang on and maybe shock another up-and-comer as a double-digit underdog, or he could decide that he has had enough and dedicate himself to another line of work.
Whatever he decides, Terrell Gausha fought for nearly a decade as a professional and can be proud of his body of work, just as he was proud of his effort in Minneapolis. “I hope I gave the fans a great show.” Gausha told Jim Gray in the post-fight interview, “I trained hard. I poured my heart out. I’m happy with it. I hate losing but I went out like a champion.”
Tim Tszyu Eager For U.S Debut: “It’s My Time To Show Them And Give Them That Wow Factor”
By: Hans Themistode
Normally, Tim Tszyu has to peek out his window before stepping outside in his native land of Australia.
Of course, Tszyu’s fame isn’t derived solely from what he’s accomplished in the ring. Instead, with his father, Kostya Tszyu, having one of the more distinguished careers in boxing history, Tim Tszyu has had heaps of expectations placed on his shoulders.
In addition to his father holding multiple world titles at 140 pounds, thanks to wins over Julio Cesar Chavez, Roger Mayweather, and Zab Judah – Kostya Tszyu was gifted his Hall of Fame jacket in 2011.
As Tim Tszyu looks to carve out his own legacy, he’ll look to do so against perennial contender, Terrell Gausha. Tszyu will officially step foot on American soil this Saturday night at the Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Unlike in previous buildups heading into his showdowns against the likes of Dennis Hogan, Jeff Horn, and Takeshi Inoue – Tszyu has not been forced to sign countless autographs and smile for pictures with his adoring Australian fans. In fact, the reception for the 154-pound contender has been relatively muted.
Still, while Tszyu has always welcomed his rabid fanbase, he’s learning to enjoy the peace and calm associated with his upcoming US debut.
With time, nonetheless, Tszyu expects to prove himself as a top contender and future world champion. Come Saturday night, he believes his name will have a considerable buzz around it in both Australia and here stateside.
“It’s a new chapter for me,” said Tszyu during an interview with Brian Johnson. “I feel like I’ve achieved a lot in Australia. This gives me another fire, a burning desire. I like to come in here unknown, people don’t know what to expect. It’s my time to show them and give them that wow factor.”
Tim Tszyu Runs Right Through Jeff Horn, Stops Him in The 8th
By: Hans Themistode
There was plenty of controversy surrounding this morning’s contest between Jr middleweight contenders Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu.
Two of the three judges were accused of favoritism on the side of Tszyu for various reasons which made it seem nearly impossible for Horn to win a fair decision.
Yet from the moment the bell rung, there was absolutely no controversy at all.
Tszyu dominated his man from start to early finish.
Things started off in typical Horn fashion. The aggressive Australian was in no mood to box, and instead, attempted to bully his younger opponent. Normally, his tactics have given him success, even if it’s mildly. Today however, nothing worked.
Tszyu stayed patient behind his jab and used his feet to get out of the way. At times, Horn would lunge at his man, grab hold of him and hit Tszyu with rabbit punches.
Having signed up for a boxing match and not a wrestling contest, the referee in charge was caught on camera screaming at both men to box instead of having a hugging contest.
They both acquiesced as things picked up. Horn continued to push forward while Tszyu simply moved around the ring and out boxed his man. As the constant pressure and body attacks began to wear on Horn, he quickly found the canvas to be his best friend as he was sent there twice.
Going into the second half of the contest, Horn was outclassed, bruised and seemingly down on all of the scorecards. Having seen their man suffer enough, Horn’s corner pulled him before the start of the ninth.
Tszyu met the news with a wide grin as he jumped on the ropes. With the biggest win of his career now secured, Tim took the time to step out of his father’s hall of fame shadow during his post fight interview.
“I want everyone to know my name is Tim,” said Tszyu. “Not the son.”