Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney Olympic Park, New South Wales, Australia
This coming Wednesday we'll see some potentially thrilling action form Australia, in a card that features two Japanese fighters taking on local Australian hopefuls, in what could be a pair of sleeper classics. One features one of the hottest prospects in Australia taking on a former world title challenger in a minor title defense, whilst the other will see IBO International Light Middleweight champion defending his title against a Japanese challenger.
The main bout of the day will see WBO Global Light Middleweight champion Tim Tszyu (19-0, 15) facing off with WBO Asia Pacific champion Takeshi Inoue (17-1-1, 10) in a bout that has the potential to be something very special. Tszyu has been making a reputation for himself as the hottest thing in Australian boxing, with an aggressive style, incredibly heavy hands and a string of brutal recent wins. In less than 2 years he has scored 5 stoppages, beating the likes of Jack Brubaker, Jeff Horn and Dennis Hogan, and has looked like a genuine star in the making. Inoue on the other hand is best known for his fight with Jaime Munguia in 2019, and since then he has gone 4-0 (3), which looking like a more technical and improved fighter to the one who faced Munguia. Inoue is tough, he comes forward, and he really take a shot, so with that in mind we suspect he'll be in their trying to make life very tough for Tszyu, in what could turn out to be a genuinely brutal bout between a huge puncher and incredibly tough guy.
The second bout will see IBO International 154lb champion Wade Ryan (19-9, 7) look to make his third defense as he takes on Japan's Nath Nwachukwu (7-1-2, 3). Despite having a spotty record Ryan Ryan is no push over, in fact he gave the aforementioned Tszyu one of, if not the, toughest fight of his career in 2017, hasn't been stopped since 2013, and has won his last 3. Although no world beater he's tough, rugged, comes to fight and has the tools to be in some thrilling clashes. He's not the most polished, and he is defensively flawed, but he makes for fun, if somewhat messy, fights. When it comes to Nwachukwu, he is best known for his 2020 clash with Inoue, in which he gave Inoue a genuinely solid test, using his jab well and got Inoue's respect. In the end Inoue won that bout, be he had to work for it, and it was clear that Nath Nwachukwu had the tools to do stuff in the sport, and he's a strong, solid guy himself. Whilst this bout will get over-looked due to the main event, there's a real chance this one actually ends up being just as good as the main event.