Boxing prodigy Nikita Tszyu has absolutely obliterated Aaron Stahl in his professional debut, securing a second-round TKO victory.
Boxing prodigy Nikita Tszyu has absolutely obliterated Aaron Stahl in his professional debut, securing a comfortable second-round TKO victory in Brisbane.
Thirty years after father Kostya Tszyu made his boxing debut in Australia, the 23-year-old Nikita got his own professional boxing journey underway with a one-side super-welterweight clash at Nissan Arena.
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With older brother Tim and father Kostya nervously watching on, Nikita walked out into the ring with the Undertaker music blaring from the venue’s speakers.
It quickly became apparent that Tszyu was the strong fighter in the ring, with Stahl copping blows early in the first round.
“Very sharp, every punch,” Australian boxing great Jeff Fenech noted on Fox Sports.
Stahl landed a couple of jabs of how own, but Tszyu undeniably held bragging rights after the opening round, which was highlighted by a potential knock-down that was not called by the referee.
When the second round got underway, Stahl’s face was already bloodied.
“He looks like he’s had 10 rounds already,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon said.
And after Tszyu delivered a flurry of powerful blows to his opponent’s head, Stahl helplessly sunk to canvas.
“Set it up, smart, set it up!” Tim yelled from the corner.
Stahl got back to his feet, but Tszyu only needed one more punch to end the bout, with the referee waving off the fight Stahl was knocked down a second time.
“He’s brutal,” Damon cried.
“We’ve got another one.
“The perfect start for Nikita Tszyu as the legacy continues.”
Tim and Kostya congratulated an emotional Nikita in the ring as he celebrated the comprehensive triumph.
“Flawless,” Tim said after the bout.
“Look at what he did. He just dominated.”
Tim, who had predicted his brother would claim a second-round KO victory, confessed he had been “s***ting himself all day”.
“I’m super scared, I’m super nervous,” he told Fox Sports before the main event.
“It’s a weird feeling, it’s out of my hands, it’s out of my control.
“I love this kid to death and I know what’s he’s capable of doing and what I’m thinking, I’m hoping he’ll do it even quicker.”
When asked what he planned to do next, Nikita replied: “A bowl of ramen.”
“I didn’t expect it to be like this, it was a bit shocking at first, but after a little bit I felt more comfortable,” he said after the victory.
“There were a lot of straight lefts. It didn’t go fully to plan, there were moments that worked, moments that didn’t and it was a nice experience.”
Earlier on Thursday, Tim Tszyu confirmed his US debut was finally locked in as he looks to show the boxing world what he’s got.
Tszyu will face US Olympian Terrell Gausha on March 27 Australian time (March 26 US time) in Minneapolis.
“He’s definitely the best fighter I (will) have fought … No risk no reward,” Tszyu said in a statement.
“I am not here to sit on my a***. I love challenges and I love tests.”
‘Decimated’: Aussie’s brutal ‘left hook from hell’
Australian boxer Liam Wilson has secured a thrilling TKO victory over world No. 6 Joe Noynay to claim the WBO Asia Pacific super featherweight title.
Wilson and Noynay faced off in August last year, with the latter clinching a fifth-round TKO win.
And on Thursday evening, Wilson finally got his redemption.
After knocking down Noynay early in the second round, the 25-year-old delivered the telling blow with a vicious left hook that sent his rival to the canvas.
Noynay lay motionless for a couple of seconds before desperately returning to his feet, but the Filipino’s trainers waved off the fight before he had a chance to protest.
“Liam Wilson has decimated Joe Noynay in Brisbane with the left hook from hell,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon cried.
“That’s something else.
“We have seen one of the best knockouts in recent Australian boxing history.
“We cannot quite believe what we’ve seen.”
Noynay tipped the scales at 62.92kg on Wednesday, nearly four kilograms over the super-featherweight limit of 59kg, and not far off the super-lightweight maximum.
Despite some conjecture as to whether the fight should go ahead, Wilson was adamant he wanted the rematch.
“For eight months I’ve been thinking about this guy, more than my kids, and it was very draining,” Wilson said after the triumph.
“I couldn’t wait to get in here tonight and get rid of him out of my life.”
Full fight card
Nikita Tszyu defeated Aaron Stahl via TKO (R2)
Dennis Hogan defeated Wade Ryan via unanimous decision (116-111, 117-110 120-108)
Liam Wilson defeated Joe Noynay via TKO (R2)
Stevie Spark defeated River Diaz via TKO (R6)
Danilo Creati defeated Cameron Hammond via unanimous decision (78-73, 79-71 x2)