U.S. track and field athlete and super-heavyweight contender Terrell Gausha is confident he’ll spoil the state debut of undefeated rising star Tim Tszyu when they start Saturday, the 26th. March live on SHOWTIME® titled a Premier Boxing Champions event from The Armory in Minneapolis.
“We are doing a number of different things for this war,” said Gausha. “We are giving Tim Tszyu a different look than he has seen before. Compared to most matches that people have watched, they will see something new from me on March 26.”
Tszyu, son of Hall of Fame fighter Kostya Tszyu, will make his highly-anticipated US debut against Gausha, after dominating the first 20 fights in his home country of Australia. For Cleveland native Gausha, his motivation comes from within, not from the hype surrounding Tszyu entering this game.
“I was just the motivated phase,” Gausha said. “It has nothing to do with any of the hype surrounding Tszyu. It involves everything related to my place in my life and career. Everything is happening at the right time for me. I am in a good place. This is the perfect fight for me at this point in my career.
“I appreciate him for taking on this challenge. Most of the other boxers will try to defend their record. This shows that he has a lot of confidence in himself. He wants tough games. Having said that, I think he made a mistake.”
Gausha scored an impressive knockout against young contender Jamontay Clark in his final bout, stopping his opponent in the second round in March 2021 and will be looking to build on that win against a bigger name in Tszyu.
“It was a good fight for me against Clark,” said Gausha. “I want to be back in the ring right away, but sometimes it’s hard to fight some guys. I have a great opportunity to play against Tszyu and I’m looking to capitalize on and rebuild my last performance. I will make an even bigger shock in this fight. “
Trained in Los Angeles with Manny Robles and Prenice Brewer, Gausha received a stellar engagement leading up to the night’s bout, sharing the ring with 154-pound champion Brian Castaño, heavyweight contender Vergil Ortiz, and 2020 US Olympic athlete Delante Johnson. While Gausha expected Tszyu to display his typical attacking style, he planned to be ready for whatever his opponent showed.
“I hope Tim will try to put some pressure on and move on,” Gausha said. “He is a one-trick pony. What you see is what you get. He doesn’t do a lot of things spectacularly, but what he does well, he does very well, and that brings the pressure. We have something ready for that and we will do our thing no matter what he tries to do. ”
Gausha had previously been challenged for the £154 world title with a decisive 2017 loss to Erislandy Lara and also a decisive loss to Erickson Lubin and a draw to champion Austin Trout. Now, Gausha will return to the title on her own with a win on March 26.
“After people see this performance on March 26th, they will know where I fit into this department,” Gausha said. “I have a job to do. Right now, I’m really just starting to show people my skills and what I can do. This will reinforce that. I’m knocking on the door of a title war right now. Winning against Tszyu would be great for my career and lead me to world titles. ”
Ticket for the event, promoted by TGB Promotion, No Limit Boxing and Warriors Boxing, is currently on sale and can be purchased at Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.