World title fight LIVE updates: Tim Tszyu v Tony Harrison

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Brothers in arms

With so much at stake for Tim Tszyu – a world title, no less – Nikita said it was imperative he get the win.

“If I had lost the first fight, that would have been a horrible headspace for Tim,” Nikita said.

“I knew there was no other way besides victory for this. That stayed in my mind the whole time.”

Nikita admitted he didn’t like the idea of the brothers fighting on the same card, pointing to the strain it put on each other and trainer Igor Goloubev. However, after briefly crossing paths with Tim after his fight, Nikita is convinced the Tszyus will finish the day 2-0.

Nikita Tszyu has given the family a good start.Credit:SMH

“He is so zoned in,” Nikita said. “I spent the whole day with him yesterday, refuelling, rehydrating.

“He is in a comfortable headspace, he is relaxed. He is so ready for this and I can’t wait for him to finally get that chance.”

“Happy I got hit”

The name of the boxing game is to not get hit. Nikita Tszyu, who dances to the beat of his own drum, doesn’t see it that way.

Tszyu said the punch he copped in his right eye was the best thing for him.

“It’s a little annoying, but I’m actually glad that it happened,” said Nikita, who extends his record to 5-0.

Nikita Tszyu earned the win and learnt some lessons along the way.Credit:SMH

“Now I know what it feels like to have the eye slowly shutting, that distorted perspective of being in a fight and losing a bit of vision. It’s a good experience, a good lesson, and I need to keep my right hand up.

NIkita Tszyu wins by knockout!

It’s been a good start for Team Tszyu.

Nikita Tszyu, coming up against the previously unbeaten Tasmanian Bo Belbin, has recorded a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The younger Tszyu copped a solid shot that partially closed his right eye, but remained in control until the stoppage.

Nikita Tszyu on his way to another victory.Credit:SMH

Sydney has a world title fight!

Good afternoon and very warm welcome to you from Qudos Bank Arena.

We are about to witness sporting history; Tim Tszyu is up against Tony Harrison for the interim WBO super-welterweight strap. The prize is bigger than just a world title; the winner will also get a shot at undisputed world champion Jermell Charlo.

This is one of the biggest fights Sydney has ever hosted, but it didn’t need to happen. Tszyu was already confirmed as Charlo’s next opponent and their fight, initially scheduled for January, was postponed when the American suffered a hand injury.

Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison face off one last time.Credit:Getty

Rather than wait for his turn to become just the ninth undisputed champion of the four-belt era, Tszyu has decided to take on Harrison, the only man ever to beat Charlo.

Is it the right decision? We will soon find out.

We’ll be here to bring you all the ringside action. So sit back, relax and enjoy the action!

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