If you need a reason to get up early on a Wednesday morning, or are perhaps looking for a reason to take a sick day from work, we have a great one for you. Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu will be going head to head in what is being billed as the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. This fight was originally scheduled to go back in April, but like the rest of the sporting world, it was postponed due to the coronavirus. Nothing will stop it going off on Wednesday morning, August 26th, though, and you will be able to catch the action on ESPN+ starting at 5 AM EST. Let’s jump right into action so you can bet on their Boxing odds.
Boxing Betting Preview for Jeff Horn vs Tim Tszyu
Horn: experience | Tszyu: father legacy
Horn, a former champion, will be going against Tszyu, who will be looking to prove that he is more than just a kid riding the coattails of his father’s name. The chatter from both camps ahead of this one has been brutal, but the reality is that there is a lot at stake here, with the winner getting a shot at the WBO light middleweight title against reigning champion Patrick Teixeira. Let’s take a closer look at both fighters and their professional history.
The Experience of Jeff Horn
In a professional career spanning 23 fights, Horn has landed a number of different titles over the years and has beaten the best in the business along the way. During that time, he has put together a 20-2-1 record, but the thing that is perhaps the most disturbing is that the 2 losses have come in his last 4 fights. Let’s take a closer look at how he got to this point.
In just his 5th professional fight, Horn started picking up titles, with the ANBF welterweight title the first one he won back in 2013, with that win taking him to 4-0-1. The belts came rather thick and fast after that, although not all of those titles will be familiar to anyone other than serious fight fans. We are talking things like the WBA Pan-African title, and others, but the fact that he continued to win sent him shooting up the ranks. By the time his career mark hit 16-0-1, he was ready for a WBO welterweight title shot against Manny Pacquiao in 2017, a fight that he won via UD. He would have one successful defense before getting knocked out by Terence Crawford and starting a 2-2 run in his last 4 fights.
Tim Tszyu Looking to Keep the Family Name Alive
When you are the son of a boxing legend, the career path can be a bit of a rocky one. Yes, you might get a bit of a leg up in the sport because of the family legacy, but you are perhaps also held to a much higher standard, making it tough to come out of the shadow of your father. That is where 25-year old Tim Tszyu finds himself at the moment, but a win here might just allow him to step out of that shadow.
This is not to suggest that the young man does not have talent, because from what we have seen, he has the potential to match the exploits of his father, Kostya Tszyu. The young man has gone a perfect 15-0 to start his professional career and has already picked up several Australian and regional titles. This, though, will be where we get to see what he is really made of, as he comes into this huge fight as the favorite. Tszyu is currently -235, while Horn is in at +185.