‘Dumbest criminal in Sydney’ stages break-in at Tim Tszyu’s house as boxer prepares for world title fight and reveals how he stopped dog attack from ending his career
- Fighter has had troubled lead-in to bout
- Was attacked by dog late last month
- Needed surgery and received 26 stitches
First he was badly bitten by a dog, now it has been revealed that Tim Tszyu’s preparation for his title fight with Carlos Ocampo has also been interrupted by a break-in at the boxer’s home.
The 28-year-old’s manager Glen Jennings broke the news that a masked thief smashed his way into Tszyu’s Mercedes while it was parked in the driveway of his Sydney house recently in an incident that was filmed on CCTV cameras.
‘This guy was wearing a ski parka and a mask and he gets into the car, rummages around, didn’t find anything of consequence, and walks off,’ Jennings told News Corp.
‘They did the whole street, pretty much. It was pretty brazen. Nothing was stolen, and you couldn’t steal the car, anyhow, because it’s full of anti-theft stuff.
The scar from the dog attack that could have ended his career was there for all to see on the boxer’s right elbow (pictured) when he did an open workout on Thursday
Tszyu’s manager revealed that the ‘dumbest criminal in Sydney’ broke into the fighter’s Mercedes when it was parked at his home recently – with the incident caught on video
‘That’s gotta be the dumbest criminal in Sydney. Who goes to Tim Tszyu’s house, breaks into his Mercedes and thinks they can get away with it?’
The interim WBO world super welterweight champion defends his title against rock-tough Mexican Carlos Ocampo on Sunday after concerns the bout would have to be called off after he was attacked by a dog late last month.
Tszyu was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after being bitten by his friends Staffordshire bull terrier and ended up with 26 stitches in his right arm.
Although he downplayed the injury afterwards, the son of Aussie boxing legend Kostya has now confessed that doctors told him the attack could have put an end to his time in the ring.
‘The dog could have gone for so much more than my elbow – it could’ve got my stomach,’ he told Fox Sports.
Ocampo (left, at a face-off with Tszyu on Wednesday) has an imposing 35-2 record and should provide the Aussie with the toughest test of his career so far
‘All the doctors I’ve spoken to, they’ve all said it could’ve been career-ending for med. They’ve all said I dodged a bullet that night.’
Tszyu explained that he used a boxing move known as the shoulder roll when the Staffy attacked him and that’s what saved him from more severe damage.
The roll was made famous by Floyd Mayweather Junior and involves a fighter rolling their shoulder across their body to protect their chin, with the arm covering their midsection.
‘Whether it was instinct or whatever, I was able to block the dog off as it jumped,’ he said.
‘It jumped at me twice and I blocked it with the shoulder roll.
‘In a split second, boom, I knew exactly what to do. Then my mate jumped in and got the dog off.’
Tszyu became the mandatory challenger to undisputed champ Jermell Charlo when he smashed Tony Harrison in March (pictured)
Many experts were stunned when the Aussie agreed to the Ocampo fight, as a defeat would see him lose his status as the mandatory challenger to undisputed world champion Jermell Charlo.
Tszyu expects the Mexican to give him the toughest test of his career to date – even though his last opponent, Tony Harrison, was very highly rated before the Aussie knocked him out.
telling Daily Mail Australia he expects a brutal clash in which he’ll have to throw ‘a lot of heavy shots’ to emerge the winner.
‘Ocampo is a warrior, first and foremost. It’s in his blood. He won’t give up, he’ll die on his shield,’ he said.