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Brian Mendoza backs his power to get the job done against Tim Tszyu

Sebastian Fundora vs Brian Mendoza. Photo credit: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Junior middleweight contender Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-2 (16) says his explosive power shots will be the difference when he faces WBO 154-pound champion Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17)at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

The 29-year-old American is riding high after back-to-back knockout victories over former unified champion Jeison Rosario 23-4-1 (17) and leading contender Sebastian Fundora 20-1-1 (13) in the past year.

Mendoza admits that Sydneysider Tszyu, 28, is dangerous, but believes his power boxing will be the difference on fight night.

“I have more one-punch knockouts… once he gets you he’s a finisher and everything, but I think based off the facts, I have more explosive shots,” he said.

“The thing about me is I have power but I’m not just a power puncher. I don’t go in there looking for one shot, I’ll hurt you for 12 rounds.

“I do look for the knockout, I do want to put on a big show, I think that’s why I got called here to this beautiful country in the first place, but I’m in there to put punishment on you for 12 rounds.

“Yeah, I have one-shot knockouts here and there, but you’ve seen my last few fights… I carry the power late and I’m totally fine however long the fight needs to go for me to get that victory, that’s what I’ve got to do.”

The lead-up to the fight has been relatively subdued with neither boxer prepared to engage in trash talk.

“I’ve always said I want my performances to speak for me,” Mendoza said.

“I’m not a trash talker and I feel like the people that flip the switch a little too early and force it, it comes off corny.

“I think the reason I’ve been resonating with people is because I’m real. I’m myself, this is who you’re going to see on and off the camera, but on fight night I’m definitely a killer and I’m in there to hurt my opponent, there’s no friendliness in there.”

The two losses on Mendoza’s record came against Larry Gomez and Alejandro Ramos in 2019 and 2021 respectively, both on points.

Those setbacks galvanised him and he has now won three bouts on the trot, all by knockout.

“I want to take out everybody in my division as well,” he said.

“It’s part of the game and that’s why I say once we go in there, that switch flips and it’s a war.

“We’re aiming for the same goal and only one can come out on top. There’s no second place in boxing.

“With second place you lose and you stop getting those calls for fights and stop getting those opportunities. I know what that feels like and I never want to go back to that.”