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Real-life Rocky Brian Mendoza looking to add another notch to his belt against Tim Tszyu

Brian Mendoza

Junior middleweight contender Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-2 (16) says he feels no pressure ahead of his world title challenge to WBO 154-pound champion Tim ‘The Soul Taker’ Tszyu at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

Mendoza will be having his first bout outside of the United States since turning pro almost a decade ago, but it won’t be the first time he enters the ring as the underdog.

In his last two bouts he has upset the oddsmakers by knocking out former unified champion Jesion ‘Banana’ Rosario 24-4-1 (17) and top contender Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora 20-1-1 (13) in five and seven rounds respectively. He wants to extend that streak to three today.

The 29-year-old from Albuquerque, New Mexico is anticipating a hostile crowd when he steps into the ring against Tszyu who has developed a big following in his homeland, but he believes he can turn them into fans with his performance.

“In person, everyone’s been receiving me with lots of love here. I know you guys might not be fully rooting for me but I hope to gain a few more fans after fight night,” Mendoza said.

“It felt incredible (knocking out Sebastian Fundora). It’s a feeling that I can’t describe. And especially being in an underdog role and still pulling something like that off, it’s a dream come true. It’s a high I’m going to be chasing for the rest of my life.

“The common denominator (of dreams I’ve had about this fight) is that my hand gets raised at the end of the night.

“I’ve made my own real-life Rocky story. I didn’t mean to start it that way when I started my career but you have ups and downs in life and this is what it is.

“I clawed my way back from obscurity and now at this point I’m chasing greatness and I want this belt. It will change my life, my family’s life and everybody around me so that’s what I’ll be fighting for in the ring.”

Tszyu was soaking up the love from his adoring fans at the final press conference, but that love did not extend to Mendoza.

“There’s no love at all whatsoever (between me and Mendoza),” he said. “And that’s what happens with each one of my opponents when I face them. Every little thing frustrates me about them. And I just have one thing on my mind and that’s victory by any means.”

Mendoza remained unperturbed.

“I don’t care (how he feels about me),” he said. “He still has to see me in the ring. It is what it is. Love me or hate me I’m here to win and to get the job done.”