‘Once In A Lifetime Opportunity:’ Takeishi Inoue On Fight Against Tim Tszyu
Japanese junior middleweight Takeishi Inoue respects the skillset that his next opponent and rising star of Australian boxing, Tim Tszyu, brings to the table.
The two boxers will lock horns at the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney on Wednesday.
“I am really going to put everything I have into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Inoue told The Ring. “Tim Tszyu is an influential icon who beat Dennis Hogan and other world contenders. There is no question that he is already a world-class fighter in this category.”
The 31-year-old star also laid out his plan on how he intends to overwhelm his 27-year-old counterpart.
“There will still be a situation where I have to unleash a daring attack, backing Tsyzu into the corners and ropes, taking advantage of my physical power, just like I did against Munguia, while there will be a situation where I have to apply my power shots from the mid-range to pick up necessary points,” he added.
“I prepared for all the possible scenarios at the gym, and I will respond to whatever he brings and showcase what I have been working on, different and effective variations.”
The Japanese star’s loss to Jaime Munguia in the 154-pound title fight in January 2019 seems to have improved him as a boxer.
“I earned a high grade in my performance in the Munguia fight despite my loss,” he continued. “In this particular showdown with Tim Tszyu, I do not want a just put up a ‘good fight’ as it counts for nothing to me anymore. I’m not gonna be a ‘great loser’ again.”