Nikita Tszyu embraces the added pressure of the famous name
Nikita Tszyu admits her famous name added a certain level of pressure in her growing career.
Tszyu, 24, is in his second professional fight on Wednesday night, against fellow undefeated Mason Smith (5-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round super welterweight clash at the Newcastle Entertainment Center.
The fight is a co-featured attraction for the heavyweight bout between Paul Gallen and Kris Terzievski.
Tszyu (1-0, 1 KO) is the younger brother of top Tim Tszyu, 154 pounds, and their father is former world champion Kostya Tszyu, one of the most famous names in Australian and Russian boxing.
“There’s a lot at stake with this,” Nikita told AAP
“There’s the family name, the heritage behind it. So that pressure keeps me sharp. It keeps me really motivated to perform at my peak.
“There is no denying [my famous name]. I can’t blame myself. I was born out of a sack of balls, I came out of a sack of balls and I’m making the most of the opportunities that come with it. There is a lot to defend. There’s a lot of honor that goes with it. I love it. You have to take risks in life.”
Gallen (12-1-1, 7KO), the 41-year-old rugby league great, will be looking to go to war with Terzievski (10-1-1, 8KO). They will fight for the vacant Australian heavyweight title.
“I’m not going to say because I don’t know but there’s a chance, definitely,” Gallen said.
“I had a wonderful sporting career for a long time, I put my body through a lot, my mind through a lot and my head. There comes a time in life when you have to put your family first, your health first and it’s pretty close, to be honest.”