When it comes to providing insight into what type of fighter Tim Tszyu has become, the upcoming Australian boxer Ben Hussain is better placed than most.
For some, Hussain’s name will ring a bell.
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He is the same man who got a horribly broken jaw – described by many as the worst they had ever seen – early in a fight against Ben Mahoney last year, but managed to fight his way through the injury before a doctor waved the fight off.
“I had swelling, I swallowed a lot of blood, I felt like vomiting,” Hussain said foxsports.com.au.
“I actually broke my chin too, so I had a swelling in my throat.
“It was harsh.”
Hussain, who is battling Darwin Sagurit on the undercard of Tszyu against the Inoue match, has been involved in the Australian’s two previous camps.
Tszyu was to take on Michael Zerafa in his previous match before the latter withdrew and Steve Spark stepped up on the record.
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Now the biggest test to date in Tszyu’s career awaits in the form of Tokyo native Inoue.
When asked how Tszyu has prepared differently for his fight compared to the Spark scraper, Hussain pointed to a critical factor.
“Honestly, he does not look different,” Hussain said. “But his condition is different.
“I trained with him, I offered him to make doubles.
It (Tszyu) made 360 and then stopped at its choice. Then his rope was weighted.
“The first day I was in camp with him, he made 360.
“That was five weeks ago.”
Walking the distance is something Tszyu has done on just four occasions in his 19 games, with the latest match of Tszyu going to the referees’ scorecard coming against Dwight Ritchie in August 2019.
If Hussain’s prediction is to come true, Tszyu’s record of four wins by decision may no longer be there.
“I think Tim will box smart, box well, walk him down,” Hussain said.
“I think he will make the decision.”
Winning against Inoue, who has already fought for a world championship before, will not be an easy task in the imagination.
The 31-year-old possesses a unique style that can pose lots of problems for anyone, which was shown at the open training sessions at Bondi Beach when he demonstrated a masterful control over the pace of his strokes and movements, a style that Hussain simply described as “unorthodox”.
Inoue also has a big weapon up his sleeve, and it’s one that Hussain simply can not afford Tszyu on how to prevent.
“He (Inoue) throws three overhand in a row when you’re on the ropes,” Hussain said. “He did it against (Jaime) Munguia.
“I do not know how to block them.
“It’s a big task, he gets cracked with big body shots and is tough as nails, just keeps going forward.”
When the bell rings on Wednesday night at Qudos Bank Arena, we will once and for all find out if Tszyu finds a way to avoid the right of way, as ‘The Soulmaker’ seems to be claiming his twentieth sacrifice.