Tuesday, April 23

Tim Tszyu Loses Split Decision To Sebastian Fundora In A Bloodbath

Highlights

  • Tszyu’s dream of becoming a unified world champion shattered in a tough loss against Fundora at T-Mobile Arena.
  • Despite a valiant effort, a second-round head injury hindered Tszyu’s performance in the bout against Fundora.
  • Fundora’s victory solidifies his status as a world champion, adding to his family’s boxing legacy and creating anticipation for a potential rematch with Tszyu.



In a thrilling bloodbath at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Australian boxer Tim Tszyu’s dream of emulating his legendary father Kostya and becoming a unified world champion was dashed as he suffered a hard-fought defeat against short notice opponent Sebastian Fundora. The bout, which saw Tszyu relinquish his WBO super welterweight belt and the vacant WBC strap, marked his first loss in 25 fights, denying him the opportunity to cement his place among boxing’s elite.

Tszyu has a rematch clause, allowing him to run it back with Fundora. Errol Spence Jr. who is coming off a devastating loss to Terence Crawford entered the ring to express his interest in challenging Fundora. However, Terence Crawford also put his hat in the mix and has the privilege as the WBO champion to force his mandatory position.


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The match culminated in a split decision, with judges scoring the fight 116-112, 115-113, 112-116 in favor of Fundora. Tszyu’s unfortunate turn of events began in the second round when he inadvertently walked into Fundora’s elbow, resulting in a significant gash on his head. Despite the setback, Tszyu displayed resilience, dominating the early exchanges with powerful right-hand blows that put Fundora on the defensive.

Despite blood streaming down his face, Tszyu persisted after receiving clearance from the fight doctor. However, Fundora capitalized on Tszyu’s impaired vision to even the score. As both fighters battled through the bloodshed, Tszyu struggled to execute his usual tactics while Fundora targeted his opponent’s head, leveraging the Sydney native’s compromised visibility.


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Despite Tszyu’s valiant efforts to secure a knockout, Fundora’s strategic approach and Tszyu’s hindered performance due to the injury ultimately tipped the scales in Fundora’s favor. The victory not only solidifies Fundora’s status as a world champion but also adds to his family’s boxing legacy, joining his sister Gabriela, who secured the IBF flyweight world title earlier in the year.

Tszyu was gracious in defeat and explained how the cut affected his performance.

“These things happen. The momentum was rolling. I was swinging hard in the first rounds and then ‘boom’, you’re blinded completely. But, look, this is boxing. This is part of the sport and it happens. Congratulations to Fundora – he’s the new king at 154.”

While Tszyu’s defeat may be a setback, his courageous performance and determination will keep his status as a rising boxing attraction and add anticipation to the potential rematch.

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