Tim Tszyu improved his unbeaten record to 18-0 (14 KOs) with an impressive fifth-round stoppage of former two-time World title challenger Dennis Hogan in Newcastle, Australia.
I was going to include this in my usual Weekend Recap on Monday, which should be a recurring piece of content now, but it’s not the weekend so here we are.
Tim Tszyu is proving to be one of the rising stars in the 154lbs division with his recent win over Dennis Hogan. It wasn’t a completely one-sided affair, but it wasn’t far off one and it didn’t take long for Tszyu to assume control and beat up Hogan quicker than anyone else.
The towel came in during the fifth round when Tszyu was on a constant offensive, after dropping the Irishman with a beautifully placed uppercut. Hogan saw some success stealing the first round on my card, and cutting Tszyu over the left eye in the second. In spite of that, Tszyu showed why he is so highly rated and liked with his crowd pleasing style and crippling body attacks in the third session.
Hogan eventually wilted when Tszyu saw the openings to try and close the show, increasing his activity as the fight wore on. The stoppage came at the right time as the tough Hogan showed no signs of turning the fight around.
Tszyu looks impressive, though there is flaws to be seen – I’d like to see his footwork get an upgrade before he has a World title charge. Hogan although opting for a war with young Tszyu, showed to be the better mover in the fight.
Hopefully Tszyu can one day fight in the UK, I think he would be well liked over here. A potential clash with former World champion Liam Smith would be great for the young Aussie, providing the Brit comes through his date with Magomed Kurbanov.
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