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During Nikita Tszyu’s professional boxing debut in Brisbane in March, the most nervous man in the arena wasn’t the first-timer himself, it was his big brother, Tim.
The 27-year-old was in his younger sibling’s corner and barked out instructions throughout the fight before Nikita ended proceedings in the second round.
The younger sibling has openly spoken about finding his feet in that first round and learning to deal with the occasion.
But for Tim, being helpless to fully control proceedings was not an enjoyable experience on what was a “weird day” for the star, although he’s more relaxed now that his brother has gotten the first fight out of the way.
“The first fight, f***, I didn’t know how to react,” Tszyu told foxsports.com.au.
“I was nervous. It was a weird day for me.
“Nikita’s in the groove now. Before, it was a bit of the unknown.
“In my head I was thinking, ‘Yes, he’s good, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.’
“Now, I could see he’s more comfortable and he feels strong. He’s looking a lot better.”
With the experience of the debut now in the rear view mirror, it’s allowed Nikita and his team to analyse what was done well and what they would have liked to have done differently going forward.
It appears that the younger brother has certainly made one notable change in the eyes of Tim.
When quizzed on what’s different about Nikita (1-0) in the build-up to his second fight against Mason Smith (5-0), Tim responded: “Just his demeanour.”
“Nothing is a shock anymore,” Tszyu said.
“He was a virgin in the first fight. Now, he’s popped his cherry.
“He looks more comfortable. He looks stronger and is more comfortable in and out of the ring.
“He’s learning more about his body and the endurance part, when to put it on and break someone down.
“There’s been a lot of growth happening in his game.”
In Nikita’s first fight, many - including Nikita himself - felt that the fight was stopped slightly early, although there was little contention as to who would have won the fight eventually.
It didn’t allow for the younger Tszyu to display his growing array of skills and how he had developed after so many years away from the sport.
Against Smith, Nikita will face a sterner test, but it will also hopefully grant him a chance to showcase what he’s learned.
Tim will once again be in his brother’s corner before flying out on Thursday morning to attend the hotly-anticipated rematch between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano in Los Angeles on Sunday (AEST).
But before he hops on the plane to America, he wants to see one thing from his little brother and if all goes to plan, it will end with Smith snoozing on the canvas well before the final round.
“I want him to put on a mature performance,” Tszyu said.
“Nikita’s got all the tools in the book. He’s got crazy genetics. He’s got a crazy mind for a boxer, for an athlete. He’s very obsessed with what he does. For him, he just needs to put on a mature performance to make the least amount of mistakes as possible.
“If I see that playing out, the guy’s (Smith) going to be sleeping after round three.”
Paul Gallen was installed as a heavy favourite by the bookies to win his fight against Kris Terzievksi in Newcastle tonight, but they'll be starting to get nervous as the money rushes in for the underdog.
The Victorian southpaw is eight years younger than the 40-year-old former Sharks captain and has a 14cm height advantage.
Gallen started as a $1.10 favourite, but the Victorian fighter has received a huge boost on the betting market in the last couple of days.
Terzievski was rated a $5.50 outsider by some bookmakers early in betting but has firmed to $2.70 with Palmerbet. Gallen is still favourite, but has drifted to $1.45.
"I try not to pay too much attention to bookies and gambling and whatnot, but I can guarantee a few of my friends are going to be excited," Terzievski told Sporting News.
"They're going to load right up.
"If I was you, I'd put a bit of money on that."
NRL premiership-winning captain Gallen is coming off a stoppage victory over Darcy Lussick, hoping to record another win with a view to a long-awaited meeting with Sonny Bill Williams. Victorian southpaw Kris Terzievski will be the man opposite Gallen in the ring. The Australasian heavyweight title will be on the line as Gallen looks to cement his status as one of the great crossover athletes. Garside, who earlier in March claimed the Australian lightweight title with a 10-round masterclass against Manuer Matet, will face Tasmanian Layton McFerran. Nikita Tszyu, brother of super-welterweight world title contender Tim, is taking on the second challenge of his professional career, having defeated Aaron Stahl in his debut earlier this year. When is Gallen vs. Terzievski The event, which will be promoter No Limit's next pay-per-view offering, is locked in for Wednesday, May 11. It will be Gallen's first outing since the win over Lussick in late December, while it will be a quicker turnaround for Terzievski, who most recently defeated Waikato Falefehi via unanimous decision in March. Having defeated Matet on March 5, Garside will be fighting on just a five-week backup, while McFerran claimed a four-round decision victory in October. Tszyu is also on the quick backup, having finished Stahl in the second round in March, while his opponent Smith knocked out Sonni Michael Angelo just three days later. What time is Gallen vs. Terzievski Doors open at 6pm, with the first bout and broadcast on Fox Sports to start at 6:30pm. The pay-per-view portion of the event is scheduled to begin at 7pm. Expect Gallen and Terzievski to fight after 10pm. Gallen vs. Terzievski tickets Tickets for the event are due to go on sale through Ticketek on Thursday, April 21, but fans can access the No Limit pre-sale from 12pm on Wednesday. How to watch Gallen vs. Terzievski? The Newcastle fight night will be a pay-per-view event, broadcast live on Foxtel's Main Event. Fans can order the bout now for $59.95. Gallen vs. Terzievski live stream Fans without Foxtel will be also be able to purchase the event through streaming service Kayo. Where is Gallen vs. Terzievski? No Limit will be returning to Newcastle for their next PPV, with Newcastle Entertainment Centre set to play host to the event. The venue, which has a capacity of around 5,000, recently hosted Tim Tszyu's wins over Dennis Hogan and Stevie Spark, while his legendary father Kostya Tszyu regularly fought at the arena early in his illustrious career. MORE: Why heavyweight title fight could be Gallen's pièce de résistance Full fight card Card subject to change. Main card Paul Gallen vs. Kris Terzievski (10 rounds at heavyweight) Harry Garside vs. Layton McFerran (10 rounds at lightweight) Nikita Tszyu vs. Mason Smith (six rounds at super-welterweight) Sam Goodman vs. Fumiya Fuse (10 rounds at super-bantamweight) Hass Hamdan vs. Trent Girdham (six rounds at welterweight) Amber Wright vs. Sara Jalonen (five rounds at featherweight) Prelims Hironiri Mishiro vs. Francis Chua (eight rounds at lightweight) Linn Sandstrom vs. Floryvic Montero (eight rounds at super-flyweight) yr5dtetwr