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Tszyu challenges Horn after winning Aussie title

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 15/05/2019 Melanie Dinjaski

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Tim Tszyu issued a challenge to Jeff Horn after claiming the Australian Super Welterweight belt from reigning champion Joel Camilleri.

The judges scored Tszyu the winner by unanimous points decision at The Star, scoring the bout 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91 in the Sydney boxer's favour.

After winning his first Australian title, when asked what was next for the son of Kostya, Tszyu called out Horn, who was in the arena commentating for Main Event.

a group of people standing around each other: Tim Tszyu challenged Jeff Horn after he won the Australian super welterweight title. Tim Tszyu challenged Jeff Horn after he won the Australian super welterweight title.

"Whatever Australia wants, I'm here. I'm the Aus champ now. There's a name everyone wants - Jeff Horn," Tszyu, 20, said in the ring.

"Mr Teacher, I'd love to fight ya, but you've got my manager's number. You call me when you're ready."

Horn immediately laughed off the challenge.

"It's pretty funny," the former WBO welterweight champion said.

"I don't think [he's ready]. Not yet. He's got another couple of fights to prove [himself]."

Kostya Tszyu standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Australian boxer Tim Tszyu defeats Joel Camilleri © AAP Australian boxer Tim Tszyu defeats Joel Camilleri

Tszyu's record improved to 13-0 (11 knockouts) with the victory, and he also achieved something his father never did. Kostya Tszyu was the undisputed light welterweight world champion but unlike Tim, he never fought for an Australian title.

"Tim is slick - a very smart fighter," Camilleri said of Tszyu.

Camilleri (17-6-1, 8 KOs) proved an awkward opponent for Tszyu, with the challenger struggling to find his rhythm in the early rounds. Tszyu was cut above his left eye in the second round but the blood didn't seem to bother him too much and Camilleri wasn't able to land enough clean shots in the bout to make the wound worse.

As Camilleri tired, and at times left himself open to the counter after his trademark overhand rights, Tszyu adjusted and was soon getting the better of the smiling Victorian.

"All my respect to Joel, he's a tough man," Tszyu said.

a man in a boxing ring: Australian boxers Tim Tszyu (left) and Joel Camilleri © AAP Australian boxers Tim Tszyu (left) and Joel Camilleri

"It's a learning curve for me. I've learned more in this fight than in my whole career.

"He was tough. I expected to catch him a bit earlier but I couldn't get the shot. He's slick, he's awkward.

"But I dug deep. I went ten rounds, and I feel good. I could go another 12."

Tszyu's father was Facetiming his family ringside from Russia following the bout to hear the decision. Tszyu said his father struggled to get a stream to watch the fight live, but knew exactly what feedback he would give.

Damien Cook, Jeff Bailey posing for the camera: Damien Cook, Braiden Burns and Adam Reynolds at the bout © AAP Damien Cook, Braiden Burns and Adam Reynolds at the bout "I reckon he would've told me to move my head a bit more. This is just a little scratch," Tszyu said, pointing to the cut over his eye.

"This is just the beginning. I know it's a tough road and it's going to get tougher."

Earlier on Wednesday night, the highlight of the undercard to the Joel Camilleri-Tim Tszyu fight was a breathtaking all-action ten-round draw for the vacant WBA Oceania welterweight title between Jack Brubaker and Ty Telford.

Meanwhile, fans booed when former NRL star Justin Hodges made light work of New Zealand boxer Troy McMahon, landing a knockout blow within seconds of their heavyweight bout.

a man in a boxing ring: Australian boxers Tim Tszyu (right) and Joel Camilleri © AAP Australian boxers Tim Tszyu (right) and Joel Camilleri World ranked cruiserweight Jai Opetaia improved his unbeaten professional record to 17-0 with 14 KOs after an eight-round stoppage of tough New Zealander Navosa Ioata.

Slick southpaw, Opetaia, who is rated No.8 by the WBO and 11 by the IBF, wore down his opponent, who took a standing count in the seventh. Opetaia added the WBA interim cruiserweight title to the IBF and WBO regional titles he already owned.

Former UFC fighter Ross Pearson made a successful boxing debut at super middleweight with a second round stoppage of Iranian Salar King.

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