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Tim Tszyu has labelled Darkon Dryden’s bold pledge to finish younger brother Nikita inside five rounds as “disrespectful”.
Nikita Tszyu (3-0, 2KOs) takes on Dryden (4-0, 4KOs) tonight in one of the headline bouts at the Super Saturday of boxing action at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
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Blood everywhere in ‘gruesome’ undercard fight
There was blood everywhere during the final fight on the undercard between Jayde Mitchell and Mark Lucas.
Both fighters came out firing and were swinging aggressively and came together in a brutal accidental head clash in the third round.
Blood immediately started pouring out of a cut on top of Lucas’ head, while Mitchell also had a deep and nasty cut above his left eye.
“There’s a big cut on the top of the head of Mark Lucas,” Main Event commentator Ben Damon said.
“Mitchell just came out and charged, he’s cut too over the eye. Big cut on the top of the head and that is a really nasty cut on Mitchell as well.
“That is a gruesome cut. That is huge. That goes right down the length there and it’s pretty deep as well.”
“There was urgency from the start of the round from Mitchell and that’s what caused the damage and now we’re going to have a bloody war between these two boxers.”
“Plenty of stitches called after this one for both of them.”
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech quipped: “It was a bloody good round.”
The two fighters were patched up with glue and while Lucas’ cut miraculously stopped bleeding, blood continued to stream from Mitchell and leak into his eye, affecting his vision.
The bout went the full six rounds and Mitchell prevailed via majority decision (59-55, 58-56, 57-57).
There was a hilarious moment when the judges’ scores were being read out.
Lucas mistakenly thought he had won, raising his arms in victory when he heard the boxer “figthing out of the blue corner” had won.
He quickly realised the mix up, smiling and pointing to Lucas to acknowledge his opponent had in fact won.
Tim Tszyu takes aim at Nikita’s ‘disrespectful’ rival
Tszyu is the heavy favourite to keep his undefeated record in tact against Dryden, a Newcastle local who hasn’t fought in a year and a half.
But Dryden is confident he can derail the Nikita hype train, predicting he will stop the highly-touted 24-year-old late in their six-round fight.
That claim didn’t sit too well with the older Tszyu brother, who brushed Dryden’s comments off as overconfidence.
“Of course you’re going to have confidence like that when you’ve fought Thai bums with records of two wins and 30 losses,” Tim said at Friday’s weigh-in.
“It’s easy to say that. When you’ve got someone who’s grown up in the amateurs, who’s done boxing his whole life from birth, who lives and breathes it. No honeymoons, no nothing, just straight grind, in the gym, perfecting your craft.
“(To say it will end) inside five rounds, that’s disrespectful.”
Nikita has made it clear he intends to fight a more “tactical” bout and not chase an early knockout.
“He’s working on emotion and heart and power,” Tim added.
“Nikita possesses crazy skill and IQ to the very top. If he gets to showcase that, and not with his emotion, you’ll see a different Nikita.”
“Thanks for your support, place your bets and I’ll bring it home.”
How to watch the Super Saturday Boxing Festival
The boxing extravaganza will be shown on Fox Sports, Main Event and Kayo Sports.
You can watch the undercard fights on Fox Sports from 4pm.
The pay-per-view main card, which can be purchased for $59.95 to watch via Main Event or Kayo, still start from 7pm.
What time does it start?
The undercard starts at 4pm, with the main card to begin at 7pm.
It’s hard to know when the likes of Tszyu vs Dryden and Hogan vs Eggington will step in the ring, but it’s likely to be from around 9pm.
FULL FIGHT CARD
Dennis Hogan vs Sam Eggington for IBO Super Welterweight World Title
Nikita Tszyu vs Darkon Dryden
Sam Goodman vs Jason Cooper for IBF & WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight titles
Lachie Higgins vs Cody Beeken
Darragh Foley def. Blake Minto via unanimous decision
Ayisha Abied def. Shanell Dargan via split decision
Jayde Mitchell def. Mark Lucas via majority decision
Ella Boot def. Zoe Putorak via unanimous decision
Amber Amelia def. Danni Mace via TKO
Louis Marsters def. Richie Fa’aoso via TKO
Tywarna Campbell def. Jessica Adams via unanimous decision
Antonia Talivaa def. George Peterson via split decision
Sarah Watt def. Ash Sims via unanimous decision
David Light def. Vikas Singh via KO (round 2)
Bailey Mannix def. Dan Murray via decision
Jason Fawcett def. Jayden Riddle via decision
Brianna Harrison def. Tylisha Turner via decision
Bryce Jones def. Hector Tapueluelu via TKO (round 3)
Jack Tressider def. Dan Harwood via decision