Australian Junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu finished the year with a bang, dominating Takeshi Inoue over 12 rounds to win a wide Unanimous Decision on Wednesday, 17th Nov. at the Qudos Park Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.
Inoue was dubbed a danger for Tszyu but showed nothing but bravery and heart through 12 rounds of one-sided dominance by the Australian, who walked away with a 119 -108, 120-107, 130-107 score after 12 rounds. Tszyu was taken the distance for the first time in his professional career.
Tszyu went out firing from the opening round and stalked Inoue from the opening bell, slowly breaking down the Japanese with accurate and precise punches. Inoue didn’t give much of a resistance or engage with Tszyu. Tszyu took the fight to Inoue in round two and the same pattern played out.
Inoue shocked Tszyu with a punch but the Tszyu took it well and stalked Inoue enough to corner him in round three. Tszyu connected a big uppercut that snapped his head backwards and another right hand landed flush.
Tszyu had Inoue in trouble in the fifth round, stalking him down and cornering him again and landing a big right hand that forced the Japanese to clinch. Inoue bounced back in the sixth round and had a brief success, Tszyu was at the end of a big right hand but took it well, then went back to his offence and made the visitor to form a tight guard in order to stop the incoming shots.
Tszyu had Inoue in a near knockout state in the seventh round and caused a lot of issues for the Japanese. Ripping shots to the body, ignited the crowd, who believed the stoppage was close but that never came as Tszyu got dragged beyond the eight round for the first time since his 10th round decision over Dwight Richie in 2019 and was eventually taken the distance by the resilient Inoue.
Inoue has now dropped to – 17-2-1 with 5KOs and this loss comes at the tail end of a five fight winning streak after losing a decision to the then WBO junior middleweight Champion Jaime Munguia.
Tszyu had now turned his eyes towards unbeaten Title holder Brian Castano (17-0-1, 12KOs). Tszyu is now 20-0 with 15KOs and has only ended his knockout streak with the decision.
Tszyu entered the fight on the back of a brutal third round knockout victory over Steve Spark
Tim Tszyu Defeats Takeshi Inoue Fight Photos