Well, Smith found out the hard way that Tszyu is not just here on merit, but that he’s got hands made of concrete as the 24-year-old stopped Smith in the first and earned his second win as a professional.
It was as dominant as a performance as Tszyu could have asked for, as a thunderous uppercut from the youngster, in just his second professional bout, dropped Smith to the canvas.
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It looked like the Victorian was out cold, but he recovered just enough to survive the referee’s count.
But it was only just delaying the inevitable.
Tszyu continued to pour on the shots as Smith wonced in pain without offering much in return.
He grimaced with every body blow he copped and looked out of it whenever Tszyu decided to go upstairs.
As Tszyu continued to bring the pain and Smith had nothing to offer in return besides wobbly legs, the referee brought an end to the proceedings as Tszyucastle rose to its feet to celebrate the third member of the legendary boxing family enjoying his special moment.
And the man who first turned Newcastle into Tszyucastle, Kostya, was watching the action unfold via FaceTime.
After Nikita’s first fight, the message from his father that he needed to work on his speed.
Well, it seems like Nikita certainly put that message into practice as Smith simply couldn’t handle the lighting-fast hands from Tszyu.
Speaking after the fight, Tszyu was all smiles as he laughed: “It’s the blood that gets to me. That’s what I love, seeing that blood, that bloody nose. The joy I felt from that!”
Main Event interviewer Ben Damon replied jokingly: “You’re not quite right, Nikita Tszyu.”
The victory was secured in quick fashion, but for Nikita, he admitted he would have liked to have had a chance to showcase his skills for a longer period of time.
“I was expecting him to just try and box,” Tszyu said.
“I was hoping to get six rounds out of this and really pick up the pace in the final rounds. But he came in with the bombs so I just had to trade with him.”
Asked for his plans moving forward, he said: “I just want to keep improving. I still thought I copped a few shots that I shouldn’t have. There was still a lot of mistakes I made. Still proud of where I am. It’s all baby steps really.
I’ve been in this sport for a couple of months now – since November. There’s so much more to improve on, just got to keep focusing.”