Tszyu is one lightning-fast son of a gun
FOUR-coin hell, that's fast.
Tim Tszyu might not have the power of his old man, but he appears to have the hand speed.
The rising Aussie boxing star was fine-tuning his preparation for Friday night's IBF Australasian Super Welterweight Title defence against Jack Brubaker with a unique drill on Monday.
A video released by Aus-boxing.com showed trainer Igor Goloubev flicking four coins up in the air in front of the 25-year-old.
With a lightning-fast, left-right-left-right combination, Tsyzu pockets all four before replacing them on a circular board.
Tszyu (14-0) wants to go from Australian top dog to number one on the global stage next year, with a boxing world title win topping his 2020 list of goals.
Tszyu, who has jumped to No. 7 in the IBF rankings, fights fellow Aussie Brubaker (16-2-2) in Sydney.
In 2019, Tszyu has beaten Britain's former Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell, taken the Australian super welterweight crown off Joel Camilleri and outpointed world-rated Dwight Ritchie in the Victorian's last fight before his death earlier this month.
While he'd like to fight the winner of next month's middleweight rematch between Michael Zerafa and Jeff Horn, Tszyu is looking to test himself against international opposition if he claims another domestic scalp in Brubaker.
"It's been quite a successful year getting to that No.1 stage in Australia. In 2020, I want to be No.1 on the world stage," Tszyu told AAP.
"Internationally world-ranked opponents and even a world title, that's what I want for 2020."
Tszyu said renowned pressure fighter Brubaker got hit a lot and he planned to exploit that.
"He's very cocky, he lives in his own little dream world … he's going to face reality on December 6," Tszyu said.
His fellow Sydneysider Brubaker, who has moved up from welterweight, recently linked with Jeff Fenech, who has continued to provide guidance despite his well-publicised health scare.
"You (will see a) few refinements (but I'm) still the same beast, but a smarter beast. Jeff is bringing out the best in me,'" Brubaker told AAP.
The exuberant Brubaker said he was motivated to fight for Fenech as well as himself and took a pop at his opponent's personality.
"Tim can say all he wants in his monotone, quite boring personality,"' Brubaker said.
"But when we get in the ring my excitement comes out and we're biting down on the mouthguards, we're going to see who takes a backward step first.
"I believe I'm going to win this fight and I believe I can stop Timmy. Timmy has the weight of the world on his shoulders, he has that last name."
Tszyu's famous father Kostya, the former undisputed world light welterweight champion, won't be travelling to Australia for the fight.
"Let him stay in Russia. He's a bit loud and he gets a bit nervous during the fights so better for him to stay at home and watch it on the TV and we can talk after," Tim said.
- with AAP
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