Tim Tszyu has retained his WBO super welterweight world title with a unanimous decision victory over an incredibly brave Brian Mendoza on the Gold Coast on Sunday.
The Australian, defending his belt for the first time, looked like he might finish Mendoza on several occasions but the challenger was fittingly able to make it to the final bell.
Tszyu got the nod on all three judges’ cards (116-111, 116-112, 117-111) and, in the ring after the bout, took the chance to again call out super welterweight king Jermell Charlo.
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“Charlo, where you at? Where you at, buddy?” Tszyu said.
“In his delusional head, he probably thinks he’s going to beat me.
“Come get it.”
Here’s how it went down:
Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza results, highlights
Tim Tszyu defeats Brian Mendoza
Via unanimous decision (116-111, 116-112, 117-111)
Round 12: Another Tszyu round but somehow Mendoza kept fighting to the bell. A seriously impressive performance from Tszyu and an incredibly courageous effort from Mendoza. 119-109 Tszyu
Round 11: Mendoza is getting battered now. While at the moment it looks like another brilliant performance from Tszyu, Mendoza is delivering one of the gutsiest efforts you’ll see. Every time Tszyu looks like he might stop him, Mendoza finds another ounce of energy to see out the round. 109-100 Tszyu
Round 10: Mendoza in big trouble! And somehow stays on his feet. Tszyu unloads late in the round as Mendoza looks to hang on but this one is only going one way at the moment. Tszyu smells blood. 99-91 Tszyu
Round 9: There can be no questioning the durability of Mendoza’s chin. Tszyu’s right hand found a home to oohs and ahs from the crowd but Mendoza ate it like it was nothing. It was a similar story with a left hook shortly after. 89-82 Tszyu
Round 8: A quieter start to the round after the excitement of the seventh but it ramps up down the stretch. Standing in the middle of the ring, the pair trade power punches and both appear to land right hands while Tszyu’s follow-up hook also finds the target. Mendoza may need a knockout. 79-73 Tszyu
Round 7: Mendoza started the round strongly but Tszyu fired back two uppercuts which buzzed the American. Tszyu looked to follow up and landed a couple more right hands to get Mendoza on wobbly legs but there can be no doubting his toughness as he gritted his teeth and looked to punch his way out of trouble. Both men are now throwing with plenty of heat. 69-64 Tszyu
Round 6: Mendoza enjoys his best moments of the fight early in the round, connecting with a jab, a 1-2 and left hook. He then lands a right hand as Tszyu looks for a way in. The challenger is definitely rallying after it appeared Tszyu was getting on top. 59-55 Tszyu
Round 5: Tszyu’s left hand does the damage in the fifth, landing two hooks and an uppercut. Mendoza is now wearing some swelling under his right eye and Tszyu is looking more confident by the minute. 50-45 Tszyu
Round 4: Tszyu lands a chopping right hand followed by an uppercut to get Mendoza’s attention who returns serve with a pair of left hooks which find the target. Another right hand from Tszyu gets the crowd excited but Mendoza doesn’t look to concerned. Tszyu standing in front of Mendoza a bit now. Has he felt his power and is happy to walk him down or is he getting a bit too comfortable? 40-36 Tszyu
Round 3: An extremely close round as Mendoza looks to put some offence together but Tszyu evades most of it. Tszyu now pressing forward and lands a left hook right at the end to again pinch it in our books. 30-27 Tszyu
Round 2: Tszyu more on the front foot in the second but can’t mount any significant offence for the opening stages. Mendoza catches Tszyu with a left hook coming in but the Aussie takes it well. Tszyu lands another clean 1-2 towards the end to steal the round on our card. 20-18 Tszyu
Round 1: Mendoza the more aggressive from the bell, doubling and tripling up on the jab but Tszyu avoids any trouble and lands with the first 1-2 he throws. Nothing significant from either fighter through the first three minutes. SN unofficial score: 10-9 Tszyu
2:33pm: The main event is upon us! The anthems are done. Now for the walkouts.
Follow along with our unofficial scorecard.
Sam Goodman defeats Miguel Flores
Via unanimous decision (118-107, 120-105 x2)
Undefeated Aussie Sam Goodman continued his charge towards a world title shot with a comfortable points victory over the experienced Miguel Flores.
Moving up to a 125-lb catchweight, the super bantamweight contender handled Flores’ body barrage well and dished out plenty of his own damage.
An uppercut following by a left hook to the body dropped Flores in round eight while the Texas-based American twice was penalised a point for hitting below the belt.
When Goodman returns to super bantamweight, he will remain at the front of the queue for a shot at Marlon Tapales or Naoya Inoue.
Jackson England defeats Nathaniel May
Via split decision (96-94 x2, 94-96)
England gets the victory after another barnburner.
All 10 rounds were fought at a frantic pace and many could have gone either way.
May showcased some slick movement and a full array of punches while England stayed busy with plenty of body work on the inside.
After getting the decision, England confirmed he’d be keen to take on Liam Wilson next time out.
Shanell Dargan defeats Amber Amelia
Via unanimous decision (77-75 x3)
Another Shanell Dargan fight, another all-action banger.
The Sydneysider is never in a boring bout and Amelia proved to be a fitting dance partner.
Dargan and Amelia repeatedly exchanged power punches, neither taking a backward step.
In the end, Dargan did just enough to edge it, consistently landing the more powerful punches to claim the Australian title.
Toese Vousiutu defeats Julius Long
Via round four TKO
The first knockout of the card comes courtesy of the heavyweights.
Vousiutu was the far busier fighter and landed the more telling shots throughout, dropping Long in the third round.
Right from the start, Long threw very few punches and looked as if he could be stopped at any moment.
It eventually came early in the fourth and final round thanks to a left hook from Vousiutu.
11:15am: The pay-per-view portion of the event is underway, with heavyweight Toese Vousiutu and Julius long to kick us off.
Hass Hamdan defeats Danvers Cuschieri
Via unanimous decision (79-73, 78-74, 77-75)
After a fiery buildup, Hamdan and Cuschieri delivered an action-packed fight to round out the prelims.
Hamdan’s jab and workrate saw him do enough to control the majority of rounds as both fighters showed a willingness to trade in the pocket.
Cuschieri’s face was left blooded thanks to a cut above his left eye but, to his credit, he didn’t take a backward step for all eight rounds.
Following the official decision, coaches Jeff Fenech and Ben Savva continued their war of words as they came face-to-face in the ring.
Wade Ryan defeats Sergei Vorobev
Via unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92 x2)
The fighting pride of Gunnedah claimed a gutsy victory over the more-fancied Russian.
After a cagey start, Ryan found his range and the southpaw repeatedly scored with uppercuts.
The win earned Ryan the WBO Oriental and IBF Pan Pacific super welterweight titles.
9:30am: We’re underway from the Gold Coast as Wade Ryan and Sergei Vorobev make their way to the ring for the first fight. Stay tuned for updates.
When is Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza?
Tszyu vs. Mendoza airs on October 14 (October 15 in AU). The main card starts at 9 a.m. ET, and Tszyu and Mendoza should make their way to the ring around 12 a.m. ET, depending on what time the undercard fights last.
|Region||Date||Main Card Start Time||Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)|
|USA and Canada (ET)||Saturday, October 14||9 p.m. ET||12 a.m. ET|
|USA and Canada (PT)||Saturday, October 14||6 p.m. PT||9 p.m. PT|
|UK and Ireland||Sunday, October 15||2 a.m. BST||5 a.m. BST|
|Australia||Sunday, October 15||11 a.m. AEST||2 p.m. AEST|
How to watch Tim Tszyu vs. Brian Mendoza
|Region||TV channel||Live streaming|
|UK and Ireland||—||TBA|
|Australia||Fox Sports/Main Event||Kayo|
In Australia, the prelims will be live on Fox Sports and Kayo, before the broadcast moves to pay-per-view on Main Event and Kayo PPV.
Tszyu vs. Mendoza airs on Showtime in the U.S.
Viewers can stream Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, a laptop, or any mobile or tablet device.
Tim Tszyu vs Brian Mendoza fight card
Bouts and order subject to change
- Tim Tszyu vs Brian Mendoza for the WBO super welterweight world title
- Sam Goodman vs Miguel Flores; 125-lb catchweight
- Nathaniel May vs Jackson England; Super featherweight
- Shanell Dargan vs Amber Amelia; Super bantamweight
- Toese Vousiutu vs Julius Long; Heavyweight
- Hassan Hamdan vs Danvers Cuschieri; 64.5kg catchweight
- Sergei Vorobev vs Wade Ryan; Super welterweight