A scales fiasco is the latest drama to hit the lead-up to Nikita Tszyu’s Australian super-welterweight boxing showdown with Dylan Biggs in Newcastle.
Biggs’ camp questioned the accuracy of the scales at Tuesday’s weigh-in and demanded a second set were brought on stage, despite the initial ones costing some $4000 and being used for Tim Tszyu’s three world title bouts.
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It’s understood Team Biggs questioned whether or not the scales were appropriately calibrated and also made a complaint about some of the officials appointed to the fight.
Despite the kerfuffle, both undefeated fighters successfully made weight, the taller and leaner Biggs at 69.46kg and Tszyu at 69.60kg.
“May the best man win,” Tszyu told Biggs during an intense face-off.
The scales furore continued a wild build-up in which belt-holder Biggs has already threatened a no-show if he’s asked to enter the ring first.
It’s boxing tradition for the defending champion to walk out last but promoters No Limit Boxing say Tszyu, as the headline act in the par-per-view bout, will have the honour of entering the ring second.
But the 21-year-old Biggs is adamant all the dramas won’t affect him on fight night.
“I’m just ready to get hands on really. The time for talking is done, so I’m ready,” he said.
“I’m coping unreal. It’s been a good camp, the weight’s been coming off well.
“It’s going to be an exciting one. We both have punching power. It’s one you don’t want to blink on because the fight will get stopped at any moment.
“I don’t think the fight is making a decision, to be honest.”
After accusing Biggs (10-0, 7KOs) of acting like a little brat on Monday, Tszyu (7-0, 6KOs) Tszyu was more respectful at the weigh-in.
“Dylan’s easily the toughest opponent that I’ve had to face and he’s going to bring out the best in me,” he said.
“This means everything for me. It’s where my life, where my focus has all led up to.
“It’s a pivotal moment for me in my career and this is like my make-it or break-it moment.”
The rivalry between Tszyu and Biggs has been heightened by a sparring session between the two several years ago.
Four months into his return to full-time training as a boxer, after an eight-year hiatus, Tszyu went into a sparring session with the now Australian super welterweight champion Dylan Biggs.
In the fifth round of the session, Biggs dropped Tszyu with a right hand, fuelling rumours which bounced around the Australian boxing world for several years.
It’s an event that the youngest Tszyu brother has been surprisingly open about.
“I simply just walked into a punch off-balance and stood back up straight away, and we kept going,” the 25-year-old said.
“It didn’t hurt or anything. I was. I was in a just a state of fatigue at that point and just walked into a clean shot that put me off-balance.”
Two years on from the infamous sparring session, Tszyu is ready to get one back on his rival, by dethroning him from his title reign.
“Yeah, it was very early on in my career. I was four months after I started boxing again,” Tszyu said.
“I was still learning a lot about myself still. Learning a lot about the professional aspect of the sport and yeah, he got the better of me.
The Aussie boxing star says it was a crucial moment in his career, and something that has sat in the back of his mind every day since the sparring session.
“It became a great lesson for me, something I have focused on and have always been thinking about,” he said.
“I knew this fight (with Biggs) would happen no matter what, and I’ve always kind have been tailoring all my tactics towards this fight.”
Tszyu faces Biggs in the ring on November 22 in Newcastle, something he says is a great relief and paramount in continuing to build his career.
“This is a weight lifted off my shoulders, getting this fight secured and being able to,” he added.
“Being able to get the victory over him is going to be a pivotal moment for me.”
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