AUSTRALIAN world title prospect Tim Tszyu shows no signs of slowing down following a first round stoppage of Argentinian Marcos Jesus Cornejo in Bendigo on Saturday night.
Tszyu, who moved to 11-0 (nine KOs) with his win over Cornejo, has set himself a gruelling fight schedule, with 11 bouts in the last 19 months.
But the 23-year-old was already looking forward to one more fight to round out a busy 2018 in the moments after his impressive win against Cornejo (19-4) at a huge Battle on the Goldfields 3 event.
The Argentinian absorbed plenty of punishment, with Tsyzu landing several stinging right uppercuts to leave Cornejo stunned.
The referee eventually put an end to proceedings just 2:21 into the scheduled 10-roundfight.
Tszyu was diplomatic post-fight on whether the referee called a premature end to the contest.
“It’s the ref’s job to protect the fighter – it could have ended really badly,” he said.
“I got him with a few good shots and he was rattled.”
Tszyu became just the third fighter to knock out Cornejo in his long career.
The son of Australian boxing legend Kosta Tszyu was quick to clarify he did not consider himself done for 2018.
“I’ve been quite active, 11 fights in not even two years – it’s been going quite well,” he said.
“I think we want to finish off the year with another fight; I just keep going.”
His next fight could potentially be his first overseas, with his manager Glen Jennings indicating during the week the Tszyu team was weighing up offers from both the United States and Russia, where his father now lives.
Tszyu also left the door open on again working with promoter Lynden Hosking, after heaping praise on the former Bendigo Olympic and Commonwealth games representative.
The Tszyu-Cornejo fight was one of two streamed live around the world via the ESPN+ app.
The other resulted in a win for former Melbourne fighter Andrew Moloney against former two-time world champion Luis Concepcion.
The 27-year-old scored a 10th round stoppage of former world flyweight and super flyweight Concepcion, to set up a potential shot at British world super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai.
Moloney moved his record to 18-0, with 11 knock-outs, to fuel hopes of joining brother Jason in the world title picture.
Unbeaten bantamweight Jason will fight Puerto Rican Emmanuel Rodriguez for the IBF bantamweight title once held by Australia’s Jeff Fenech in the United States in November.
A big crowd did not go home disappointed following wins to Bendigo boxers Damien Lock and Lorrinda Webb.
Webb, who was making her professional debut, defeated Indonesian Nadya Nakhoir, while Lock had the better of a bruising six-round battle against Joshua Butler.
It was 39-year-old Lock’s second career win against Butler and third overall from eight fights.
His record now stands at 3-4-1.