Nikita Tszyu has made no secret of his intentions ahead of his fight against Ben Horn, saying he is hoping to put his opponent “to sleep” with a brutal knockout.
Tszyu and Horn’s super welterweight fight is the headline act on a card which also features NRL star Justin Hodges, who will face Jordan Simi in a heavyweight bout.
Tszyu (2-0) has already claimed two knockout wins in his short professional career, but believes referees have gotten in the way of him causing some real damage.
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“Honestly I’d like a silencer knockout, where it’s like a one-punch,” Tszyu said after the weigh-ins on Tuesday.
“The first two fights I’ve had the referee stop it and I honestly felt like it was early stoppages. But the referee is doing his job.
“I want to produce those devastating knockouts, the ones that put people to sleep.”
Horn (4-4) was not prepared to take a backward step either, saying Tszyu’s aggressiveness could open him up to some trouble.
“I’m looking for the same thing. If it comes forward and he comes fighting, he might run into one of my big shot.
“Kudos to him, let’s see what happens. I’m more than keen for him to come flying straight forward at me and letting me land one of my big shots straight on his head. Let’s see how he takes it.”
Ahead of Wednesday night’s blockbuster meeting, here is everything you need to know.
When is Tszyu vs Horn?
Nikita Tszyu and Ben Horn will face off on Wednesday, July 20 with the first fight on the card scheduled for 5pm AEST.
Where is Tszyu vs Horn?
Nikita Tszyu and Ben Horn’s ‘Battle of the Brothers’ fight as well as all of the others on the fight card will take place at Sydney’s Hordern Pavillion.
How to watch Tszyu vs Horn
Fans will be able to watch Nikita Tszyu and Ben Horn as well as all of the other fights on the card on either Foxtel or Kayo Sports at no additional pay-per-view cost.
What is the full Tszyu vs Horn fight card?
Nikita Tszyu vs Ben Horn
Sam Goodman vs Juan Elorde
Justin Hodges vs Jordan Simi
Shanell Dargan vs Jaala Tomat
Darragh Foley vs Hunter Ioane
Ashleigh Sims vs Jessica Adams
Michael Hall vs Joel Taylor
Kate McLaren vs Connie Chan
Jackson Murray vs Parminder Singh
Angel Rushton vs Ayisha Abied
Card and order is subject to change
Tszyu vs Horn tickets
Fans wanting to see the fight in person can purchase tickets through Ticketek with prices starting at $29.
Tszyu vs Horn betting odds
Nikita Tszyu is the overwhelming favourite in the ‘Battle of the Brothers’, with SportsBet paying $1.02 for the 24-year-old to win the fight.
Ben Horn is currently a $14 outsider, with the draw listed at $26 odds.