Tim Tszyu vs Sebastian Fundora live updates of Las Vegas boxing fight blockbuster


Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of Tim Tszyu’s blockbuster Las Vegas debut.

The Australian will walk out to the ring on Sunday at T-Mobile Arena with a chance to announce himself on the global stage.

The 29-year-old faces ‘Towering Inferno’ Sebastian Fundora for the WBO and WBC super welterweight titles.

After his original opponent Keith Thurman pulled out with injury, Tszyu didn’t hesitate to take on a tricky task of fight Fundora on just 12 days’ notice.

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Fundora is a lanky 197cm boxer whose only loss was to Brian Mendoza, the man Tszyu beat in his most recent fight last year.

If he wins, the Aussie is in the box seat to fight pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford, who has called out the winner of this fight between Tszyu and Fundora.

Also on the card is fellow Australian Michael Zerafa, who is fighting Erislandy Lara for the WBA middleweight title.

9.30am — Sydney superfight would shatter all records

A world will open to Tim Tszyu if he can overcome Sebastian Fundora — but the biggest offer may draw him back home.

Dream fights with pound for pound king Terence Crawford or superstar Errol Spence appeared the likely destination for Tszyu’s next opponent — but a wildcard option could be on the table.

The Sunday Telegraph first reported NSW Premier Chris Minns is supporting a push to bring Tszyu’s next fight to Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.

It remains unclear as to whether Crawford would consider leaving the United States to fight Tszyu, but the offer to fight Tszyu in front of 40,000 fans at the redeveloped stadium could be hard to say no to — especially if the price is right.

According to the report it would cost around $35 million to stage the event.

Tszyu told News Corp he was excited by the idea and described it as a “proper mega-fight”.

8am — Tszyu in fiery pre-fight incident with ‘weasel’

Tim Tszyu was caught up in a heated row with Sebastian Fundora’s manager prior to his huge world title press conference inside the MGM Grand here in Las Vegas, telling the famed agent: “You disrespected me.”

Australia’s boxing poster boy also took a swipe at Fundora himself, saying he couldn’t believe the towering American would allow himself to be eating “s**t” like pizza days out from a world title fight.

Prior to the press conference it was famed boxing manager Sampson Lewkowicz – aka, the man who discovered Manny Pacquiao – who was in Tszyu’s crosshairs.

Surprised onlookers watched on as the pair were involved in a heated, if brief, exchange where Tszyu went at it with the man he has already branded “the weasel” this week.

The showdown came only 24 hours after Lewkowicz suggested he would no longer be bringing Fundora Down Under for a rematch when he unifies, and suggested Tszyu may even have to take another fight before they clash again.

As a result, things got lively when the pair finally met up for the first time before a huge press conference inside the sprawling MGM Grand ballroom.

Asked by Fox Sports Australia what was said between the two, Tszyu replied: “I just said ‘you disrespected me’.

“Told him ‘you said when we beat you we’ll come down to Australia’.

“I told him that ain’t happening.

“And I started calling him the weasel because he is a weasel.”


Tim Tszyu v Sebastian Fundora — for the WBO and WBC super welterweight title

Rolly Romero v Isaac Cruz — for WBA super lightweight title

Erislandy Lara v Michael Zerafa — for WBA middleweight title

Julio Cesar Martinez v Angelino Cordova — for the WBC flyweight title

Elijah Garcia v Kyrone Davis — middleweight

Serhii Bohachuk v Brian Mendoza — for the interim WBC super welterweight title


Tim Tszyu

Age: 29

Record: 24-0 (14KOs)

Height: 174cm

Reach 179cm

Stance: Orthodox

Sebastian Fundora

Age: 26

Record: 20-1-1 (13KO)

Height: 197cm

Reach 203cm

Stance: Southpaw