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Brian Mendoza gunning for a trifecta of upsets against Tim Tszyu

Brian Mendoza

Junior middleweight contender Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-2 (16) will be gunning for his third straight upset victory when he challenges recently crowned WBO champion Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Australia on October 15.

American Mendoza, 29, is riding high after a pair of surprise victories in his past two outings. Last November he knocked out former WBA and IBF champion Jeison Rosario 23-4-1 (17) in five rounds as a $7 outsider. In April he repeated the treatment against top contender Sebastian Fundora 20-1-1 (13), knocking him out in seventh while paying $9.

Against Tszyu he is paying closer to $5, which is still a handy return for anyone who wants to back the giant slayer.

Mendoza was quick to let the Australian media know he was coming here with bad intentions when he stepped off his flight in Sydney this week 11 days out from the fight.

“This fight ends with, ‘And new WBO super welterweight world champion, Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza’,” he told Code Sports.

“I’ve been dreaming about this fight from as soon as they mentioned it was happening.

“But I’m also a big fan of boxing, I watch the sport and I study the sport, so I’ve been watching Tim Tszyu’s fights since before we were even going to fight.”

Mendoza couldn’t care less that he is expected to lose the fight. It is a position he has become comfortable in.

“I’m relishing this role, I’m thriving on it,” Mendoza said. “I fully plan on being here and pulling off another upset, because I want those big fights.

“I want big shots, I’m chasing greatness. I’m a warrior and I’ve already been in there with the best of them.

“I want legacy and I want to do something meaningful with my career.”

Sydneysider Tszyu, 28, was elevated to full titleholder when undisputed champion Jermell Charlo 35-2-1 (19) was stripped of his WBO belt for facing undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) in Las Vegas last weekend.

Charlo was comprehensively outclassed by the Mexican superstar and the 33-year-old Texan is now expected to move back down in weight to the 154-pound division.

“It was a little lacklustre, I expected more output and more volume from Charlo,” Mendoza said.

“It definitely didn’t live up to the hype, so of course I want that fight, I want everything.

“After this, the sky’s the limit. After this one, there’s no stopping me.

“I’m going to get the full WBO title, then there’s no one else above me, I’m one of the top dogs in the division.

“I don’t duck anyone, I’ll literally fight anyone in the division and I’ve just travelled all the way around the world to fight a guy in his hometown who’s a superstar in his country.

“I’m ready to go, I’m up for the challenge.”