Boxing fans will get a taste of mid-week action Wednesday, as Tim Tszyu and Takeshi Inoue highlight a jam-packed card at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. Don’t let the mid-week festivities diminish the importance of the bout, however. Brian Carlos Casano currently holds the WBO junior middleweight title, as it stands, Tszyu is the mandatory challenger for the belt. Should he lose Wednesday’s fight, he’ll also lose his chances to compete for Casano’s belt. How to live stream Tim Tszyu vs Takeshi Inoue fight
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We take a look at all you need to know as Tim Tszyu takes on Takeshi Inoue Wednesday at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Tszyu enters this matchup undefeated as the WBO’s No. 1 ranked fighter in his weight class, Inoue comes in ranked No. 6 with a 17-1-1 record. Tszyu, a native Australian, enters this contest with a 79% knockout rate since his 2016 professional debut. Though Tszyu is heavily favored to win at -1200, Inoue comes in with a vengeance after losing on the WBO junior middleweight championship to Jaime Munguia back in 2019.
Here’s an outline of everything you need to know for Wednesday’s bout between Tim Tszyu and Takeshi Inoue.
Start time, how to watch
Date: Wednesday, November 17th
Where: Sydney, Australia
Main card start time: 3:00 a.m. ET; 7 p.m. AEDT locally in Sydney
Ring walks for Tszyu-Inoue are likely around 6 a.m. ET (10 p.m. locally), but that depends on the length of the fights ahead on the card.
Pay-Per-View info for Tszyu vs. Inoue
PPV cost: $59.95
Available for purchase: Main Event via Kayo or Foxtel services, Australia only
TV Channel: Channel 531 on Foxtel, Australia only
Live stream: Kayo App via mobile devices, tablets, PlayStation, Apple TV and more OR using the Foxtel iQ box
Full card info
Tim Tszyu vs. Takeshi Inoue, junior middleweights
Wade Ryan vs. Nath Nwachukwu, junior middleweights
Joel Camilleri vs. Koen Mazoudier, junior middleweights
Dennis Hogan vs. Tommy Browne, junior middleweights
Jackson Murray vs. Shant Nercessian, heavyweights
Viviana Ruiz Corredor vs. Jacinta Austin, women’s bantamweights
Alex Lual vs. Trent Girdham, welterweights
Benjamin Hussain vs. Darwin Sagurit, junior middleweights
Junior middleweight division set to open up
If Tszyu can stop Inoue, it would send shockwaves around the junior middleweight neighbourhood.
The division staged a unification bout in July between belt holders Castaño and Jermell Charlo.
The pair fought to a controversial draw, with many pundits believing Castaño had done enough to win the fight.
The Argentine WBO title holder certainly won the story of the fight, entering the bout as a substantial underdog, only to recast how the division is viewed.
Charlo’s reputation as the dominant force at the weight class was significantly diminished after the 12-round war in San Antonio.
Tszyu’s rise up the ranking has been noted overseas and his surname certainly sparks the interest of seasoned fight fans but the question remains whether he can continue to look as impressive as the quality of opponent increases.
Risking mandatory status a dangerous move
The last time an Australian was in a similar position, it had a catastrophic ending for Australian boxing.
Jeff Horn risked a world title shot against Ryota Murata in 2019, choosing to fight a tune up against compatriot Michael Zerafa, only to be stopped in dramatic fashion.
Horn would later avenge the loss but never fought for a belt again.
Australia and Japan have a storied rivalry in the fight game, headlined by Lionel Rose’s famous decision victory over Fighting Harada to claim the world bantamweight crown in 1968.
Rose received a public reception on his return home and subsequently became the first Aboriginal to be named Australian of the year.