Undefeated knockout artist Tim Tszyu is in for the toughest test of his career when he takes on Carlos Ocampo in the first defence of his WBO interim super welterweight world title on Sunday.
The Mexican has built an imposing 35-2 record with 23 knockout victories and many experts were stunned that Tszyu took the fight, given that he’ll lose his status as the top challenger for undisputed champ Jermell Charlo’s titles if he suffers his first defeat.
Tszyu’s preparation for the clash on the Gold Coast has been far from ideal due to a dog attack that left him needing surgery on his right arm late last month, and a recent break-in at his home in Sydney.
As the eagerly-anticipated bout edges closer, Daily Mail Australia takes you through everything you need to know…
Tszyu is giving away height, reach and experience to Ocampo (pictured together), who he describes as a ‘warrior, first and foremost’
When is Tszyu vs Ocampo on, and who is on the undercard?
The preliminary fights on the card are scheduled to begin at 10am on Sunday, with the main card beginning at midday.
There are six bouts before Tszyu steps into the ring, with the order of the fights subject to change. At the time of writing, they are scheduled to run as follows, with the top match-up being the earliest.
Liam Talivaa vs Isaac Liki (heavyweight)
Troy Pilcher vs Hasely Hepi (heavyweight)
Vegas Garfield vs Jhunrille Castino (super bantamweight)
Rocky Ogden vs Mark Schleibs (featherweight)
Justin Frost vs Hassan Hamden (super lightweight)
Sam Goodman vs Ra’eese Aleem (super bantamweight)
Tim Tszyu vs Carlos Ocampo (super welterweight).
It’s hard to predict when Tszyu’s bout will begin, given any of the fights beforehand could be over in the first round, but approximately 3pm is a decent bet.
The Aussie’s preparation has been far from ideal after he was left needing surgery on his right arm after being bitten in a dog attack late last month
Tszyu told Daily Mail Australia he is preparing to throw ‘a lot of heavy shots’ in what could be a war of attrition with the Mexican
How to watch the fight
The preliminary bouts will air on Fox Sports channel 505 and the Kayo streaming service from 10am. At midday the action switches over to pay per view on Main Event and Kayo.
Who’s the favourite?
Despite the quality of his opposition, it’s Tszyu, and by a long way. At the time of writing, BetRight has the Aussie paying $1.08 to win, with Ocampo at $8.
The interim champion is at $4.50 to win by decision, and $1.42 to take the bout by knockout, technical knockout or disqualification. Ocampo is paying $19 to win on points, $13 to win by KO, TKO or DQ, with a draw paying $21.
The 28-year-old will be putting his WBO interim super welterweight belt on the line
Tszyu vs Ocampo: The key stats
Age: 28. Record: 21-0-0. KO wins: 16. Height: 174cm. Reach: 183cm. Debut: 2016.
Age: 27. Record: 35-2-0. KO wins: 23. Height: 179cm. Reach: 185cm. Debut: 2012.
Can Tszyu knock him out?
The Aussie has a great record of forcing early finishes to his fights, but Ocampo is very durable, with his only loss by knockout coming at the hands of WBC, WBO and IBF welterweight world champion Errol Spence Jr, who is regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
Tszyu told Daily Mail Australia that he expects a very different challenge to his last fight, a knockout win over America’s Tony Harrison.
‘Stylistically it’s a different type of fight to Harrison. It’s going to be a fight where you get tired, you’re throwing a lot of punches, you’re throwing a lot of heavy shots rather than concentrating on placement,’ he said.
Ocampo’s only knockout loss came against Errol Spence Jr (pictured), regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers on the planet
‘Ocampo is a warrior, first and foremost. It’s in his blood. He won’t give up, he’ll die on his shield.’
What’s Ocampo’s best bet in terms of tactics?
Pressure, pressure, pressure. Tszyu has only suffered one knockdown in his career, coming in the first round against Terrell Gausha in March 2022, but unlike Ocampo, the American was more of a silky boxer.
The Mexican, however, likes to suffocate his opponents and wear them down with volume punching and the sort of come-forward, hard-headed style his countrymen are famed for.