Tszyu destroys Spark in boxing mismatch
Tim Tszyu continued his relentless pursuit of world title glory with a savage loss to Stevie Spark to retain his WBO super-welterweight world title with a third-round stoppage at Newcastle.
Tszyu also claimed the vacant Commonwealth belt after keeping his pre-fight promise to quash Spark’s “Cinderella, Rocky Balboa” dreams of ending the favorite’s unbeaten record to become the new face of Australian boxing. .
A late replacement for Michael Zerafa, not present, Spark won a lot of praise for even stepping into the ring on Wednesday night.
But he was no match for an aspiring Australian sports superstar.
Tszyu dominated from the start, injuring his daring challenger with a series of heavy punches from above and below in the first round.
Brave and perhaps insane in equal parts, Spark did incredibly well to survive past the second round as Tszyu unleashed a barrage of destructive lefties to have the late replacement literally on its knees.
The referee eventually stopped the fight, perhaps even later than he could and should have, midway through the third round following two telltale body shots from Tszyu.
The victory improved Tszyu’s record to 15 KOs in 19 fights as the 26-year-old WBO world contender took another step to emulate his famous father Kostya and become a world champion.
In the main co-event, Queenslander Liam Wilson suffered a reality check in his own quest for a world title with a savage fifth round loss to so-called “Jaw Breaker” of the Philippines Joe Noynay.
Previously unbeaten in nine fights, Wilson was sent crashing down to the canvas three times before Noynay’s devastating left hand finally ended the 24-year-old in retaining his WBA Asia-Pacific super featherweight title.
Adding even more luster to his triumph, Noynay, the world No.7 and ranked by all three governing bodies, won after enduring 14 days in quarantine after being the first international boxer outside New Zealand to fight in Australia.