There’s not a whole lot of love lost between Tim Tszyu and Dwight Ritchie ahead of their Main Event headliner on August 14 in Sydney.

In the biggest test of Tszyu’s young career, the son of legendary champion Kostya will take on Ritchie at the ICC in his second pay-per-view showcase.

Per No Limit Boxing promoter Matt Rose, the two will compete for the WBO Global and IBF Pan Pacific super welterweight belts and a potential top-5 world ranking.

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Tszyu is coming off a 10-round battle with Joel Camilleri in May in a unanimous decision win that saw him claim the Australian super welterweight belt, which he’ll now relinquish.

Ritchie — the No. 1 ranked Australian super welterweight — is Tszyu’s trickiest opponent yet. The 27-year-old out of Victoria is 19-1-0, and also holds a win against Camilleri.

For Ritchie, this is an opportunity to turn Aussie boxing on its head. And he hasn’t held back in his evaluation of Tszyu in the lead-up.

“Obviously they’re very similar, Kostya and Tim,” Ritchie said on Main Event’s new Fighting Words series. “Tim tries a lot to emulate his father’s style, but unfortunately he’s like the home brand version of Kostya, he’s like the cheap version.

“There’ll never be another Kostya and he should stick to fighting his own style.”

Ritchie added: “I don’t think he has the power of Kostya, I don’t think he’s got the speed of Kostya, and I don’t think he’s got the smarts of Kostya.”

For Tszyu though, this is just another “step” in the process.

Tim Tszyu defeated Joel Camilleri via unanimous decision.

Tim Tszyu defeated Joel Camilleri via unanimous decision.Source: AAP

“This is great for me to be getting opportunities like this,” Tszyu explained. “Before, no one would fight me. Now, when the attention is finally on me, everyone sort of wants a piece. So, great this is my time. Step by step, I’m going to take them all out one-by-one.”

It’s been a quick ride to the top of Australian boxing for Tszyu, who is 13-0 in a career that hasn’t included many real tests. Camilleri was the first genuine hurdle. Ritchie is the second.

“He’s just not ready yet,” Ritchie said. “I think maybe a few more fights, a few more times going the distance would have served him a lot better than jumping into this fight with me.

“I think he knows that. He’s never going to admit it, but he knows. Every fighter knows — you know when your number’s up, you know when you’re out of your depth.”

Ritchie says he’s fighting for more than himself, while Tszyu is “is just fighting for himself — him and his silver spoon.”

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But Tszyu has bigger things in mind for Australian boxing. Much like his father, Tszyu is looking to take over.

“I’ve got a long career ahead of me,” he said. “I am the face of Australian boxing. We’re here to stay, we’re here to pack out arenas, we’re here to bring boxing back to where it should be.”

With a win, Tszyu wants the winner of the Jeff Horn-Michael Zerafa fight on August 31; a bout he believes Horn will win. But first, he needs to get past Ritchie.

“He’s going to move around,” Tszyu said.

“I’m going to walk through him, and I intend to hurt him. if it’s not a stoppage, I intend to hurt him for the whole 10 rounds.”



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