Reigning champion Dylan Biggs has no plans on enjoying second fiddle to rising famous person Nikita Tszyu when the former sparring companions settle a rating in Newcastle.
The two undefeated super-welterweights will joust for the Australian title on Wednesday evening and Biggs is adamant Tszyu won’t be stealing his thunder on the Convention Centre.
Biggs (10-0, 7KOs) says he won’t stand for Tszyu (7-0, 6KOs) being the second man to enter the ring.
“They can pull the ‘he’s the pay-per-view star, he’s the reason we’re selling the card’. But as the belt holder, I walk out second,” Biggs mentioned on Thursday.
“I don’t think Nikita Tszyu should have the opportunity just because of the name and the status to take that right away from me as the champion.
“It needs to be earned, not given.”
The much-anticipated showdown takes place two years after Biggs “dropped” Tszyu in a sparring session in Queensland.
Tszyu insists he’s a way more mature and meticulous fighter than he was then, when he was making ready for his first skilled bout after eight years out of boxing to full an structure diploma.
Even so, while bookmakers list Tszyu as a slight favourite in his quest to claim a belt his older brother and now world champion Tim once owned, they believe this will be the 25-year-old’s biggest test yet.
“I do know I can get it performed and I do know I’ll get it performed,” Biggs mentioned.
“Definitely, I would not say guess all of your cash on me as a result of I’m not a gambler, but when the chances are in my favour, then why not?”
Even his No Limit Boxing stablemate Issac Hardman, with due respect, is tipping a tough night at the office for Tszyu.
“I’m edging Dylan on this combat. He’s a giant super-middleweight,” mentioned Hardman, who will tackle Troy Coleman on the undercard for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title.
“I mentioned it could go certainly one of two methods. Nikita is tremendous explosive, quick, highly effective. One to 4 rounds, I believe he has to get the job performed.
“And if not, I think Dylan’s maturity will shine through. His length, his boxing IQ as well, and he’ll get it done in the later rounds with a decision or something like that.
“Nikita has slowed down a bit bit in a few of his fights. He’s been harm a few occasions. I have never seen Dylan harm but.
“But that’s the beauty of boxing. Anything can happen.”
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