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The Showdown Down Under: Tim Tszyu Takes on Brian Mendoza

The Showdown Down Under: Tim Tszyu Takes on Brian Mendoza

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Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza: A Shot at Redemption for Tszyu

In the world of professional boxing, sometimes opportunities come in unexpected ways. Tim Tszyu, the Australian boxer who has been waiting for his shot at undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, now finds himself with a world title without ever getting the chance to face Charlo or anyone else. Tszyu’s matchup against Brian Mendoza on Saturday is seen as his opportunity to finally win a 154-pound world title, even though he already holds the belt.

A Tale of Circumstances and Missed Opportunities

Charlo and Tszyu have been metaphorically circling each other since last year, with a scheduled fight for Charlo’s undisputed championship being postponed due to Charlo’s broken hand. Then, Charlo unexpectedly signed a deal to fight for Canelo Alvarez’s undisputed super middleweight championship, leaving Tszyu in limbo. When Charlo was stripped of his 154-pound title by a sanctioning body, Tszyu was awarded the belt.

However, Tszyu does not consider himself a true champion until he earns it in the ring. He sees his fight against Mendoza as the opportunity to prove himself and solidify his position as a world titlist. Tszyu acknowledges Mendoza’s skills and thrives on the underdog mentality that his opponent embraces.

“Brian and I are both in that top 1% of fighters in the world. He’s a style I haven’t faced before, and I know he thrives on that underdog mentality. So, he, of course, has my respect. But he’s in there with someone that’s a different breed, and it’s not going to end well for him. I promise to turn any remaining non-believers into believers. This is my time and my division now,” Tszyu expressed.

A Potential Showdown with Charlo

If Tszyu emerges victorious against Mendoza, it could pave the way for a highly anticipated meeting with Jermell Charlo. Such a matchup would likely be for all the 154-pound titles, creating a monumental moment in the boxing world. Despite Tszyu being the clear betting favorite in his fight against Mendoza, it is important to note that it will not be an easy victory for him. Mendoza has demonstrated his power and prowess by stopping his last two high-profile opponents.

Tszyu vs. Mendoza: Betting Odds and Records

Betting Odds

Tszyu is currently the betting favorite, with bettors continuing to favor him. As of now, Tszyu is at -715 (bet $715 to win $100) while Mendoza is at +450 (earn a $450 profit with a $100 wager). However, Tszyu’s odds have become more expensive as the fight approaches.

For those interested in placing bets, it may be wise to consider Tszyu winning by stoppage at -163 or by stoppage between rounds 7-12 for a +160 payout. These odds take into account Tszyu’s explosive shots and Mendoza’s ability to endure punishment.


As Tszyu’s international profile continues to grow, the quality of his opponents has risen as well. In his last four fights, Tszyu (23-0, 17 KOs) has faced former world titleholders and challengers, including Tony Harrison and Jeff Horn. Mendoza (22-2, 16 KOs) is also on a two-fight winning streak, with victories over former unified junior middleweight champion Jeison Rosario and the undefeated Sebastian Fundora.

While Mendoza has previously faced setbacks, this is the perfect time for him to turn the tide and make a statement as he fights for a world title.

Editorial and Prediction

The upcoming bout between Tim Tszyu and Brian Mendoza has captured the attention of boxing enthusiasts worldwide. Tszyu’s hunger for redemption and the opportunity to prove himself as a true world champion provides a compelling narrative for this fight.

Although Tszyu is the betting favorite, it is essential to acknowledge Mendoza’s power and determination. Mendoza has demonstrated the ability to hurt opponents throughout the duration of a fight, making him a formidable opponent.

However, Tszyu has shown steady improvement and has proven himself against high-profile opponents. His experience and skill set make him a formidable force in the ring. Considering Tszyu’s continued growth and Mendoza’s vulnerability against high-level boxers, a ninth-round stoppage victory for Tszyu is a plausible outcome.

As the boxing world eagerly awaits this showdown, one thing is certain – both fighters are prepared to leave everything in the ring and seize their moment of triumph.

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