At the ICC Exhibition Centre, Sydney, South Wales, Australia, unbeaten No. 11 IBF contender Tim Tszyu, 14-0 (10), of Rockdale, New South Wales, AUS, defeated No. 9 IBF contender Dwight Richie, 19-2 (2), of Shepparton, Victoria, AUS, over 10 rounds at the Star City Casino, in Sydney, AUS, Wednesday night. He won the IBF Australasian and WBO Global championships.
Richie’s left eye was cut in the third round but allowed to continue and able to go the distance. Final scores were 97-93, 98-93 and 98-92.
“Dwight is one hell of an opponent and kept me on my toes. He let me go somewhere I hadn’t been, something I can learn from and can even get better. He was No. 1 in Australia for a reason. All my respect to Dwight for he is one hell of a competitor. I think his journey isn’t finished, but just beginning the same as mine. We’re both young, we’ve got a big future ahead. Maybe, you know what? We can fight for a world title someday in Australia.
Asked about being hindered by the cut Richie had this to say “Nah, it didn’t mate. I don’t want to take anything away from Tim.”
In the co-feature Super Middleweight Mexican Cesar “El Tijuanaro” Mateo Tapia, 11-0 (6), of Narabeen, South Wales, AUS, defeated former IBO Super Middleweight champion Renold “Dunghutti Destroyer” Quinlan, 12-5 (8), of Redfern, South Wales, AUS, over 10 rounds by scores of 97-93, 98-92 and 99-92.
On the undercard Super Middleweight No. 6 WBA Aldos Yerbossynuly, 12-0 (8), of Almaty, KAZ, defeated Rocky Jerkic, 17-2 (13), of Newcastle, South Wales, AUS, for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental and WBA International titles, over 10 rounds by scores of 99-91, and 98-92 twice.