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Nikita Tszyu vs. Ben Horn: Fight Preview & How To Watch

The next chapter in a famous family rivalry will take place on July 20th when super welterweight prodigy Nikita Tszyu meets former national title challenger Ben Horn at the Hordern Pavilion. Will Tszyu score a third consecutive knockout since entering the professional circuit? Or will the battle-tested Horn even the score for his brother Jeff? Here are the main talking points ahead of Wednesday night.

Same names, different circumstances

When the Tszyu and Horn names first collided, it was a pair of brothers facing off, with Tim Tszyu challenging Australia’s pound-for-pound number one Jeff Horn in Townsville. The event, hosted at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in August 2020, was the first-ever stadium fight to be staged during the pandemic era. More than 10,000 spectators witnessed the passing of the guard with Tszyu scoring a dominant eighth-round stoppage. Tszyu, 27, has won a further five fights since his crowning moment, and will next challenge super welterweight kingpin Jermell Charlo for undisputed status on January 29 in Las Vegas.

Youth against experience 

Despite going into this fight as a heavy favourite, the 24-year-old Tszyu has banked just three rounds since making his professional debut against Aaron Stahl in March. A rampant 163-second demolition over previously unbeaten southpaw Mason Smith, highlighted the pure punching-power of Tszyu, but he’s yet to face an opponent with the experience of Horn. Meanwhile, the hard-nosed Queenslander, known for his work-rate and competitive spirit, has 43 professional rounds under his belt, including 10 hard-fought rounds with reigning Australian welterweight champion Ben Kite in April. Schooled by world champion trainer Glenn Rushton, Horn, 32, likes his chances of upsetting Tszyu over the six-round distance.

Goodman and ‘the mad bunch’

Unbeaten super bantamweight Sam Goodman will continue his rise towards world level, taking on former world title challenger Juan Miguel Elorde in the co-main event. The world rated Australian has plans on continuing his rich vein of form against Elorde, who is the latest in a long line of fighting Filipinos sporting the famous Elorde name. Elorde’s grandfather, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, first held the WBC and WBA super featherweight world titles in 1963, and holds the record for the longest super featherweight title reign, spanning seven years. Goodman will bring his vocal supporter base on fight night, known as ‘the mad bunch’, with plans on securing a career-best win.

Return of the fan favourites

After a 19-month absence, Irish knockout artist Darragh Foley will return against Melbourne-based fan favourite Hunter Ioane. The Bondi-based Foley has one eye on a mouth-watering showdown with Toowoomba rival Stevie Spark, and will move closer to a domestic blockbuster with a win in his comeback fight. Telegenic pair Shanell Dargan and Ash Sims will also return to the scene of their four-round slugfest in April, taking on Jaala Tomat and Jessica Adams in separate non-title fights. Their clash is widely regarded as the front-runner for Women’s Fight of the Year in 2022. 

How to watch

The fights will be broadcast live and free to Foxtel and Kayo Sport subscribers. Catch all the action on Fox Sports 505 from 7:00pm tonight.

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