The next Tszyu has arrived with Nikita Tszyu winning his professional debut with a second-round stoppage against Aaron Stahl. While he might still have a long way to emulate his famous father Kostya Tszyu, or older brother Tim Tszyu, Nikita did exactly what he needed to do.
Nikita landed a big left in the first minute but the referee did not declare it a knockdown despite Stahl’s glove touching the canvas. Nikita continued stalking his opponent and his powerful left straight was finding its mark. A cut had opened up on Stahl’s face early in the second round. When Tszyu got him against the ropes, a body shot hurt him and Tszyu followed up with a combination of punches to get his first knock-down. The two met in the ring on the restart and it wasn’t the clearest of punches of hooks from Tszyu, but Stahl ended on the canvas again and the referee decided to call it.
The end came, 2:12 into the second round as Tszyu lived up to his nickname, ‘The Butcher’.
KNOCKOUT WIN 🔥
Nikita Tszyu made quick work of his opponent 🥊
— MAIN EVENT (@MainEventTV) March 3, 2022
“A bit of nerves. It felt like I was in a different environment. I’ve never been in something like this,’ Tszyu said post-fight, however, feels that still lots of room for improvement.
“There was a lot of straight lefts going. It didn’t go fully to plan. You can never expect what happens in a fight but there were moments that worked and moments that didn’t but it was a valuable experience.”
Dennis Hogan earned his way to an IBO world title fight with a clear but hard-fought 12-round decision against Wade Ryan in the co-main event. It wasn’t a dominating performance from the 37-year-old Brisbane-based Irishman, but considering Ryan’s form coming into this contest, it was an impressive outing for Hogan with one judge scoring all rounds to him.
Controversy erupted at the weigh-in when Filipino fighter Joe Noynay failed to make weight by 3.95 kilograms in his rematch against Liam Wilson. Looking to make amends, Wilson agreed to still take the bout and he got his revenge, spectacularly knocking out his foe with a devastating left hook in the second round. It was a left that started it, as he dropped Noynay with follow-up punches against the ring. On the restart, it took only 10-seconds for Wilson to find the left again. Noynay dropped to the canvas and looked out cold before jumping back to his feet, but his corner had seen enough and stopped the bout.
“LEFT HOOK FROM HELL” 🤯
Liam Wilson KO’s Joe Noynay in the second round! 😳
— MAIN EVENT (@MainEventTV) March 3, 2022
Impressive redemption for Wilson against a world-ranked opponent. Wilson captures the WBO Asia Pacific super-featherweight title and moves to 10-1 while Noynay drops to 19-3.
“For eight months I have been thinking about this guy, more than my kids. It was very draining. I couldn’t wait to get in tonight and get rid of him from my life,” Wilson said post-fight.
After back-and-forth verbal exchanges in the lead-up, Stevie Spark boxed with intention as he stopped River Daz in the sixth round. More commonly known for his victories in Glory Kickboxing, Daz was making a big step up in competition within the boxing ring and it proved too much as he was stopped by the powerful punching Stevie Spark. The Toowoomba fighter dominated the rounds and just as Daz had his best round of the fight in the fifth, Spark returned fire in the following round to drop Daz and then force the referee to stop the contest.
Spark defends his WBC Australasian super-lightweight title and moves his record to 13-2. Daz, drops to 3-1, 1 draw.
In the opening fight of the televised card, former Italian amateur champion Danilo Creati had a successful return to the ring against Cameron Hammond who was also returning after a long lay-off. Creati outboxed Hammond, dropping him twice in the third round, en route to a clear unanimous decision victory. Creati moves his record to 7-0 while Hammond drops to 18-2.
In a non-televised bout, Linn Sandstrom won an entertaining decision against Ali Jensen.
The event which was delayed 24-hours due to severe flooding was promoted by No Limit boxing and was broadcast live on Fox Sports Australia. It was originally scheduled for the Brisbane Convention Centre however flooding forced it to be moved to Nissan Arena on Brisbane’s South.
- Nikita Tszyu def. Aaron Stahl via KO, Rd 2, 2:12
- Dennis Hogan def. Wade Ryan via Decision (Unanimous)
- Liam Wilson def. Joe Noynay via KO, Rd 2, 2:42
- Steve Spark def. River Daz via TKO, Rd 6, 2:53
- Danilo Creati def. Cameron Hammond via Decision (Unanimous)
- Linn Sandstrom def. Ali Jensen via Decision (Unanimous)