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Tim Tszyu has a message for fight fans: “Don’t blink”

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Gregg Porteous/No Limit Boxing

WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) is confident he can get the job done against upset specialist Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-2 (16) in his first world title defence at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland on Sunday afternoon local time.

The 28-year-old Sydneysider will be returning to a happy hunting ground. In his last bout in June he knocked out Mexican champion Carlos Ocampo 35-3 (23) in the opening round at the same venue.

“It’s a good feeling (being back here on the Gold Coast),” Tszyu said. “I haven’t been out too much, just around a little bit. But I definitely do feel the love, and this is one of the reasons why I always come back here. The Gold Coast feels like a second home. I thank everyone here for that support.

“I’m zoned in. There’s no love at all whatsoever (between me and Mendoza). 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.

“He’s trying to take away everything that I’ve worked for. As a warrior, this is like me defending my land. He’s coming onto my land and there’s no way I’m going to allow him to try and take it.

“He’s a good guy and I’m not into all that booing and all that stuff. I think when fight night comes he’ll definitely feel the hostile crowd of the Tszyu land.”

Mexican-American Mendoza, 29, arrived in Australia on a high. He is on a three-fight knockout streak including upset wins over former IBF and WBA junior middleweight champion Jesion ‘Banana’ Rosario 24-4-1 (17) and top contender Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora 20-1-1 (13) in the past year.

But Tszyu wouldn’t been drawn when asked if he packed more power than the challenger.

“I’m not here to do comparisons (on who’s the bigger puncher). He’s got a couple of real nice highlight KOs and I’ll have to put one on him,” Tszyu said.

“I’m 23-0 for a reason. No one’s figured out the puzzle. For him he’s on the rise, he’s on a roll. But 23 – numbers don’t lie.”

Tszyu inherited the WBO belt when former undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo opted to jump up two divisions to challenge undipsuted super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 60-2-2 (39) rather than face him.

The 33-year-old Charlo, who lost a wide points decision to Mexican superstar Alvarez last month, remains the WBC, WBA and IBF champion at 154-pounds.

“I’m not looking for just one world title, I’m looking for all four,” Tszyu said. “This is because of one man’s bitchiness. But I want all four. I’m in the present moment right now. I’m not thinking about that other bloke.”

As for his prediction for the Mendoza bout, Tsyzu was blunt in his assessment.

“Don’t blink,” he said.