Black eye for Australian boxing after footy legend knocks out his opponent in just 20 seconds – but Kostya Tszyu’s son Tim wins his bout and calls out Jeff Horn
- Fans were reeling after Justin Hodges knocked out his opponent in 20 seconds
- Tim Tszyu took out Joel Camilleri after 10 rounds after gaining momentum
- Tszyu now has his sights set on fighting Jeff Horn and pulled apart his technique
- Horn said he will make easy work of Tszyu if they come toe to toe in the ring
Boxing fans were left enraged after retired NRL star Justin Hodges won his second ever fight in just 20 seconds.
In a clash described as a ‘joke’ by spectators, Hodges ended his bout with Troy McMahon with a mere five punches, drawing boos from the crowd.
But the final clash of the night was more rewarding, with Tim Tszyu taking down Joel Camilleri to win the Australian super-welterweight title.
After beating Camilleri at Sydney’s Star Casino on Wednesday night, the son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu now has his sights set on going toe to toe with Jeff Horn.
Australian boxers Tim Tszyu (right) and Joel Camilleri during their Australian Super Welterweight Title bout
Despite getting cut over his eye in Round 2, Tszyu overcame Camilleri via unanimous decision 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91 after 10 rounds.
It was only Tszyu’s 13th fight, but he managed to gain momentum and land his heavy hands in the middle rounds against Camilleri’s constant movement.
The 24-year-old son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu has now set his sights on a match up against Jeff Horn, and even picked holes in the former world champion’s technique
Tszyu became more and more dominant as the fight went into the later rounds, and picked off Camilleri, who suffered his sixth loss in 24 starts.
The 24-year-old now has Jeff Horn on his radar, and even picked holes in the former world champion’s technique.
‘Hopefully we can meet in an all Australian superfight. It’s a fight that I believe I can win,’ he said, the Daily Telegraph reported.
‘Horn is a very strong, rugged fighter. But I see a lot of flaws in his boxing and I believe I can capitalie on the flaws and get the victory.’
Former school teacher-turned-pro boxer Horn had some choice words for Tszyu in response, saying he’s got a lot of homework to do before stepping into the ring with him.
‘I definitely see myself taking care of Tim Tszyu at this stage. I don’t think Tim’s ready for me and I’ve still got big fish to fry. But if it’s a fight that people want to see and it sells, I’ll gladly fight him,’ Horn said.
‘Good on him for calling me out. He’s got the surname but it’s yet to be proven that he’s got the talent of his father. It’s a hard name to live up to.’
Tszyu became more and more dominant as the fight went into the later rounds, and picked off Camilleri, who suffered his sixth loss in 24 starts
Earlier in the night it took Justin Hodges less than 30 seconds to knock out Troy McMahon.
Kyron Dryden defeats Jim Nalawa via TKO (1:12 Round 1)
Ross Pearson defeats Salar King via TKO (4:14 Round 2)
Justin Hodges defeats Troy McMahon via KO (0:20 Round 1)
Jai Opetaia defeats Navosa Ioata TKO (Round 8)
Ty Telford and Jack Brubaker ends via unanimous draw
Tim Tszyu defeats Joel Camilleri via unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 99-91)
It was only Hodges’ second time in the ring, but an overhand right that grazed McMahon’s temple was the beginning of the end.
McMahon stumbled backwards into the ropes, before the former footy star landed a few more hits and finished McMahon with an uppercut right.
Fans were left reeling after the dismal fight, with the crowd booing when Hodges’ hand was raised.
They took to Twitter to air their frustrations with the short-lived fight.
‘What a disgrace… Hodges was better off staying home,’ one user wrote.
‘This is an embarrassment to boxing, did they drag Justin Hodges’ opponent from the local Maccas car park?’ another quipped.
‘There’s no other way to chop that up. That’s absolutely outrageous. That bloke fighting Hodges had no business in there; and the NSW boxing commission better have a good look at themselves,’ said another angry fan.
Fans were left reeling after the dismal fight, with the crowd booing when Hodges’ hand was raised