The sons of the legendary former light middleweight world champion Kostya Tszyu, look to have the world at their feet as they appear on the same fight card for the first time ever this Sunday, at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
Although sharing the same last name, that’s about where the similarities stop for the undefeated brothers.
The oldest brother, Tim, has an orthodox stance whilst younger brother Nikita is a Southpaw.
Tim is the more experienced in the boxing game with an outstanding 21-0 record since turning pro in 2016, with 15 of his wins coming via knockouts. Tim picks his shots superbly, often taking his time before going for the knockout.
Nikita, however, has only faced 4 opponents since turning pro with 3 of his 4 wins coming via knockout. Other than his unanimous decision over Ben Horn, Nikita hasn’t fought past the 4th round.
Tim likes fast cars; Nikita couldn’t care less. In fact, Nikita failed his learners test 6 times much to happiness of his older brother. Tim watches what he wears, showing an interest in the latest fashion trends, Nikita is happy rocking up to a press conference in thongs and an unbranded shirt.
Their competitiveness, however, is one of the few things the Australian brothers have in common. Despite being banned from sparring each other by Grandfather Boris, the two boys decided to jump in the ring together in the lead up to their respective fights.
Unlike typical sparring sessions, the brothers were out to prove a point to one other. Nikita clipped Tim early and then the older brother saw red. Jumping on the offensive, Tim returned serve with a jab that left Nikita feeling dazed although wearing headgear.
Although not as technically proficient as Tim yet, the younger brother plans to keep working hard with a potential fight against Muhammed Ali’s grandson, Nico Ali Walsh on the cards if Nikita is to win on Sunday.
Tim hasn’t strayed from his typical calm collected self in the lead up to one of the biggest fights in Australia’s history. His opponent Tony Harrison, however, has done the complete opposite running his mouth, “He’s not even a surface level of what his father was”, said Harrison.
Look out for our in-depth look at the fight card on Friday, where we give predictions and insight into all fights on the card.
When: Sunday, 12th March, 2023
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
How to watch: Kayo/Main Event
Tickets still available at https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=TSZYUHAR23