Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan: Start time, how to watch, live stream, fight card
There's a sponsorship stand-off brewing, and it could threaten to derail Tim Tszyu's clash with Dennis Hogan.
Hogan wants to have his betting sponsor, PointsBet, represented on his fight shorts but Tszyu's camp, No Limit Boxing, isn't having a bar as it directly clashes with their partner Sportsbet. It all came to a head at Monday's press conference when Hogan was told by No Limit's Matt Rose to remove a PointsBet T-shirt. And the Irishman was still fuming about it at Tuesday's weigh-in.
Tim Tszyu will fight Dennis Hogan for the WBO super welterweight belt on Wednesday, 31st March 2021. The 10-round title fight – dubbed the Steel City Showdown – is set to be one of the biggest grudge-matches in Aussie boxing history, so you won't want to miss it. Follow our handy guide to get yourself a Tszyu v Hogan live stream from anywhere in the world. Seconds out!
The pair will meet at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales, on Wednesday. The ringwalks aren't expected to get underway until 11pm Aussie time (1pm British Summer Time). The weight limit will be 154 pounds (11 stone or 69.8kg).
There's still some argy-bargy over sponsorship deals, with Hogan insistent on displaying his sponsor, PointsBet, despite a clash with the promoter's preferred gambling sponsor, SportsBet.
"I don't care," Hogan told reporters this week. "I'll be wearing them, or I won't be there.... I'm not coming out unless I've got my sponsors on [my shorts]." We'll see. It shouldn't prevent the fight going ahead.
Unless you've been living under an Uluru-sized rock, you'll be aware that Tim Tszyu, 26, is one of the hottest properties in Aussie boxing. He might be the less experienced in this battle, but he steps into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, 0 loses and 0 draws (13 of those wins came by way of knock out).
His opponent, 32-year-old Brisbane-based Irishman Dennis "Hurricane" Hogan, made his professional debut a full 5 years and 8 months before Tszyu. Consequently, he's fought 158 more professional rounds (233 to Tszyu's 75). Tszyu is ranked No.1 by WBC while Hogan is ranked No.10.
The son of boxing royalty Kostya Tszyu is fresh off a vicious first-round KO win over Bowyn Morgan in December, which followed on from his destruction of Manny Pacquiao’s conqueror Jeff Horn earlier in 2020.
Meanwhile, Hogan returns to the ring 15 months after his last fight — a TKO loss to knockout artist Jermall Charlo in New York. It was his second defeat in as many fights after going down to Jaime Munguia in April 2019 via a controversial points decision.
He’ll be looking to snap that losing streak in Newcastle on Wednesday night when he touches gloves with Tszyu in the Steel City Showdown.
Hogan lives in Australia these days and calls Brisbane home. Having sat back for the past year and watched Tszyu cement his status as the most electrifying fighter Down Under has only made Hogan hungrier.
A decade ago, the legendary former world champion moved back to Russia to start a new life. He left his wife, Natalia, and their three children, Tim, Nikita and Anastasia. He was remarried to a model/PR executive and his former employee, Tatiana Averina, with whom he now has two children (Aleksandr and Viktoria).
The Tszyu name returns to Newcastle on Wednesday night as Tim follows in his father’s legendary footsteps in a pay-per-view blockbuster against Queensland-based Irishman Dennis Hogan.
Ahead of the fight, Tszyu spoke candidly about his relationship with father, Kostya, who has only seen him fight professionally once since his debut in 2016. Jeff Horn was supposed to be Tim Tszyu’s last local test. Instead, Queensland-based Irishman Dennis Hogan stands in his way as one of boxing’s famous surnames returns to Newcastle.
In a city his father Kostya loved, Tim Tszyu headlines the Steel City Showdown against Hogan on Wednesday night inside the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
At 17-0, Tszyu is considered the big favourite by the bookies despite Hogan’s significant edge in experience. At 36 years old, though, and coming off two straight losses — both in world title fights — it’s unclear what version of Hogan we will get.
You can sense the pride Tim has in forging his own way in boxing, particularly given the early potshots he took as rival after rival claimed he was only in the spotlight because of his surname.
But there’s another reason Kostya won’t be on hand to witness the 26-year-old’s rise to glory and it dates back to a wild night four-and-a-half years ago in Sydney.
Tim Tszyu has promised a spectacular knockout of opponent Dennis Hogan when the pair fight in Newcastle on Wednesday night.
The fighters weighed in on Tuesday, making the super-welterweight bout official Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 69.4kg, then Tszyu (17-0, 13 KOs) tipped the scales at 69.3kg. Tszyu cut a relaxed figure approaching the scales but was all business afterwards. He shared an icy stare-down with Hogan after the Irishman predicted that he would inflict the Aussie star's first loss, by stoppage.
Tszyu destroyed Bowyn Morgan by first-round knockout in his last fight, during December last year. He had hoped to fight for a world title in his next bout but it biding his time due to the complicated machinations of boxing.
Tszyu is the WBO's No.1 contender and world rated with every other sanctioning body in boxing. Yet WBO champion Brian Castano is currently chasing a unification bout with IBF-WBA-WBC champion Jermell Charlo.
Hogan, 36, is a former world title challenger, an Irishman now based in Queensland. Tszyu, 26, is the son of boxing icon Kostya Tszyu and has steadily built his own stardom in the sport.
Tim Tszyu and Dennis Dennis Hogan square off in a ten-round matchup on Wednesday, March 31. The contest headlines boxing fight card live on pay-per-view from Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Broadmeadow, NSW. The pair battles it out for WBO ‘Global’ super welterweight title.
A day before the fight show the main event fighters, as well as the rest of participants, stepped on the scales to make it official for their respective bouts. Hogan was first to weigh-in, showing 69.4 kg. Tszyu came in at 69.3 kg.
Wade Ryan and Koen Mazoudier showed 69.48 kg and 69.3 kg, respectively, for their co-main event bout with WBA Oceania and IBO International super welterweight titles on the line. The full fight card and weigh-in results can be found below.
Queensland-based Irishman Dennis Hogan is the latest — and maybe biggest — threat to Tszyu’s undefeated record as the two super welterweights do battle in Newcastle. The Steel City Showdown card will be aired on Foxtel’s Main Event, as well as being available for purchase on Kayo Sports.