Tim Tszyu’s next opponent will be Japan’s Takeshi Inoue.
It’s a fight that could ultimately cost the Australian a shot at the world title so it will be all on the line when the bout gets underway on 17 November at a venue yet to be announced.
Tim Tszyu will face Takeshi Inoue on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland.
The fight will be contested over 10 rounds in the Super Welterweight division, which means the weight limit will be 154 pounds (11 stone or 69.8 KG).
Tszyu, who resides in Sydney, Australia, is the mandatory challenger to face WBO titleholder Brian Castano, who could face Ring Magazine champion Jermell Charlo later this year or in early 2022. Both fought to a split-decision draw on July 17.
Inoue (17-1, 10 KOs) is a high-volume fighter, as was the case in his clash against then-WBO junior middleweight titleholder Jaime Munguia in January 2019. Inoue suffered the only loss of his career at the hands of Munguia.
The 31-year-old, who resides in Tokyo, has won his last four bouts after the loss to Munguia. In his last bout on November 7, Inoue defeated Nath Nwachukwu by unanimous decision over eight rounds.
TSZYU VS INOUE STATS
Tim Tszyu steps into the ring with an undefeated record of 19 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Takeshi Inoue will make his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 10 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Tszyu has advantage in power over Inoue, with a 79% knock out percentage over Inoue’s 59%.
Tim Tszyu is the younger man by 5 years, at 26 years old.
Both Tim Tszyu vs Takeshi Inoue fight out of an orthodox stance.
Tszyu is the less experienced professional fighter, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2016, 2 year and 4 months later than Inoue, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He has fought 31 less professional rounds, 83 to Inoue’s 114.
Tim Tszyu goes into the fight ranked number 3 by the WBC, 1 by the WBO, 3 by the IBF and 6 by the RING at super welterweight.
Takeshi Inoue is currently ranked number 7 by the WBO and 15 by the IBF in the 154lb division.
TSZYU VS INOUE FORM
Tszyu remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Steve Spark on 7th July 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, New South Wales, Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Dennis Hogan on 31st March 2021 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales.
Going into that contest, he had won against Bowyn Morgan on 16th December 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Bankwest Stadium, New South Wales.
Before that, he had beat Jeff Horn on 26th August 2020 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Queensland.
He had defeated Jack Brubaker on 6th December 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at ICC Exhibition Centre, New South Wales.
Inoue has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight, he won against Cheng Su on 18th January 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Jaime Munguia on 26th January 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Middleweight championship fight at Houston, Texas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had won against Yuki Nonaka on 26th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Before that, he had defeated Niwat Kongkan on 10th November 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
Hehad beat Riku Nagahama on 10th August 2017 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo.
In terms of recent activity, Tim Tszyu has been fighting more than Takeshi Inoue.
Tim Tszyu last fought 2 months and 21 days ago, while Takeshi Inoue’s last outing was 1 year, 8 months and 10 days ago.
Tszyu’s last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 22 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
Inoue’s last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 18 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.4 rounds on average.
WHAT TIME DOES TSZYU VS INOUE START?
The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia, which is 6:00 AM EST or 3:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:00 AM GMT in the UK.
WHAT WERE THE ODDS ON TSZYU VS INOUE?
Takeshi Inoue is currently (+100) to win the bout outright, while you can get (+100) on Tim Tszyu if you fancy the incredible upset.