The "clown" to which Tszyu refers is Jack Brubaker. Tszyu will fight him at the ICC's First Super Theater Sydney on Friday for the Australian Boxing Federation's Super Welter belt, although the winner will also emerge with the unofficial title of "Australian Boxing Face".
Top Rank legendary promoter Bob Arum said Tszyu could be in contention for a world title shot against Carlos Adames in Australia next year if both fighters win their next fights. But first, Tszyu has to face Brubaker.
The presence of Jeff Fenech at the corner of Brubaker adds to the plot of this contest. Fenech helped Tszyu's father, multiple world champion Kostya, become Australian. However, he will plan the fall of Tszyu 2.0 in a fight between two of the most entertaining fighters on the local scene.
"When Tim was born, I was with them," Fenech said. "Tim was born with teeth. He ate meat at three months. I admire him and I love what he does. But I have a job to do. Someone has used me and I will do the job the best I can.
"If Tim wins and becomes world champion, I'd love it a lot. If Jack wins, I'll be even more proud to be able to change character. I do not know what the odds are, but there is not too much prediction that Jack can win. "
Brubaker's nickname is "Gelignite", a nod to an explosive style that often makes him suffer as many blows as he does not touch him. Fenech's challenge is to make sure his load is not touched more often than necessary.
"My plan is to bring in a different Jack because I do not think the Jack who fought all these other guys could beat Tim Tszyu," Fenech said.
"If he has to stand in front of Tim Tszyu and get punched, it will not be the best scenario. If he can do what our game plan is, then an annoyance can occur. The father of Tim Tszyu, one of the greatest fighters Australia has ever known, fought against Ricky Hatton and lost him. We can all be beaten. "
The underlying map will again have a rugby league flavor. Justin Hodges will face Darcy Lussick in a clash that, if the first one prevails, will probably prepare against Paul Gallen. Former Manly striker Lussick is a member of the Toronto Wolfpack, but has ruled out his teammate Sonny Bill Williams in the ring.
"No, I'm not fighting against a teammate," said Lussick. "I'm going to fight with his underlying card. He did it really well, I can not wait to meet him. "
Adrian Proszenko is the chief reporter of the Sydney Morning Herald rugby league.
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