BOXING professionally for a son of a legend comes with its upsides, an instant profile and the command of attention, and downsides, immediate expectation and comparison to the father. Tim Tszyu, the son of Kostya, is following in very big footsteps. But so far in his professional career he is doing well.
On Wednesday (March 31) in Newcastle, Australia, he scored another good win, battering Dennis Hogan to a five-round defeat.
Ireland’s Australia-based Hogan was bitterly unlucky to lose a decision to Jaime Munguia in Australia in 2019, for which his reward was a shot at Jermall Charlo up at middleweight several months later, which he lost inside seven rounds.
Nevertheless this victory was another good scalp for the young Tszyu, who beat Jeff Horn last year before taking out Bowyn Morgan in a round.
Hogan felt the pressure early on in this fight, struggling to keep Tszyu off. By the third round, constantly having to back off, he was beginning to wilt.
Tszyu was not polished but he came forward with purpose. Picking up a cut under his left eye in the fourth round didn’t deter him either. He stepped back from Hogan’s right or walked through jabs and kept on hitting hard.
Scooping down a wild right Hogan did catch him. But he didn’t put a dent in Tszyu. Later in the fifth Tim screwed up a monstrous left uppercut, knocking Hogan’s head up and dropping him down to his knees. Tszyu stayed on him, missing with some wild shots but big left hooks crashed through. Hogan’s corner wisely threw in the towel to end it at 2-29 to spare him from a punishing onslaught. Tszyu, now 18-0 moves on.