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Tim Tszyu ready to hit up America after Brian Mendoza bout

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Getty Images: Mark Kolbe

Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) will face Brian Mendoza 22-2 (16) at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland on October 15 in what will likely be has last bout in Australia.

WBO interim junior middleweight champion Tszyu is set to be elevated to full championship status when undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) is stripped of his WBO belt the moment the bell rings to commence his bout against undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

The 28-year-old Sydneysider has been cutting a swathe through his opposition, knocking out former WBC champion Tony Harrison 29-4 (21) in nine rounds in March and wiping out fringe contender Carlos Ocampo 35-3 (23) in 77 seconds in June.

American Mendoza, 29, promises to be another step up in class following his knockout victories over former unified champion Jeison Rosario 23-4-1 (17) and top contender Sebastian Fundora 20-1-1 (13) in November and April respectively.

“We are the two pitbulls of the division,” Tszyu said to News Corp. “I love the Gold Coast. There’s a buzz about the area that suits me.

“We are coming off two big wins and we are both on the incline, there is no decline.

“We’re basically paid killers and Mendoza has power, but I have the power to make opponents’ eyes go googly as well.

“I won’t take this lightly, but I’m a man possessed and I’ll take them all down, one by one.”

Mendoza says he is up for the challenge.

“This is my comfort zone. I have found comfort in being uncomfortable,” Mendoza said to News Corp. “I work harder than anybody else in the world I believe. I don’t bank on talent.

“I will bring something Tszyu hasn’t seen before.

“I will put on another explosive performance. There will be big-time fireworks. Nothing can stop me from bringing that new belt home.”

Promoter George Rose of No Limit is pleased to be back on the Gold Coast for the second straight Tszyu fight.

“This fight is a massive coup for the Gold Coast,” Rose said to News Corp. “Tim Tszyu has fallen in love with the Gold Coast. It’s like his second home.

“We looked at Sydney, Melbourne and Newcastle, it would have been fabulous at those places, but the last Tszyu event on the Gold Coast was absolutely unbelievable.

“Gold Coast has become the Vegas of Australian boxing.

“That last fight had so much energy in the room, his knockout of Ocampo was simply savage and it left a real mark on Australian boxing fans and the Gold Coast locals.

“There will be fireworks from the opening bell.”

Fight fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early for what is likely Tszyu’s last fight on home soil for the foreseeable future.

“I can’t see Tim fighting back in Australia for a long time, so that’s why this is a massive coup for the Gold Coast,” Rose said.

“Tim has become a mega star in boxing.

“He is now at that global level where revenue is a factor and if he beats Mendoza, the biggest names in world boxing are on his doorstep.”