U.S. Olympian and super welterweight contender Terrell
Gausha is confident that he’ll be spoiling the stateside
debut of unbeaten rising star Tim Tszyu when they square off
on Saturday, March 26 live on SHOWTIME® headlining a Premier
Boxing Champions event from The Armory in Minneapolis.
“We’ve been working on some different things for this
fight,” said Gausha. “We’re going to give Tim Tszyu a
different look than he’s seen before. Compared to most of
the fights that everyone has seen, they’re going to see
something new from me on March 26.”
Tszyu, the son of Hall of Fame fighter Kostya Tszyu, will be
making his much-anticipated debut in the U.S. against Gausha,
after dominating his first 20 fights in his native
Australia. For the Cleveland native Gausha, his motivation
comes from within and not from the hype surrounding Tszyu
entering this matchup.
“I’m just motivated period,” said Gausha. “It’s got nothing
to do with any hype around Tszyu. It has everything to do
with where I’m at in my life and my career. Things are
happening at the right time for me. I’m in a good place.
This is the perfect fight for me at this point in my career.
“I appreciate him for taking this challenge. Most other
fighters would try to protect their record. This shows that
he believes in himself. He wants the tough fights. That
being said, I think he took the wrong fight.”
Gausha scored an impressive knockout over young contender
Jamontay Clark in his last fight, stopping his opponent in
round two in March 2021, and will look to build on that
triumph against a bigger name in Tszyu.
“That was a good fight for me against Clark,” said Gausha.
“I wanted to get right back in the ring, but sometimes it’s
hard to make fights with certain guys. I have a great
opportunity against Tszyu and I’m looking to capitalize and
build off of my last performance. I’m going to make an even
bigger splash in this fight.”
Training in Los Angeles with Manny Robles and Prenice
Brewer, Gausha has received excellent sparring leading up to
fight night, having shared the ring with 154-pound champion
Brian Castaño, welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz and 2020
U.S. Olympian Delante Johnson. While Gausha expects Tszyu to
display his typical come forward style, he plans to be ready
for anything that his opponent presents.
“I expect Tim to try to bring pressure and come forward,”
said Gausha. “He’s a one-trick pony. What you see is what
you get. He doesn’t do too many things spectacularly, but
what he does do well, he does it very well, and that’s bring
the pressure. We have something ready for that and we’re
going to do our thing no matter what he tries to do.”
Gausha previously challenged for the 154-pound world title
in losing a 2017 decision against Erislandy Lara and also
owns a decision defeat to Erickson Lubin and a draw against
former champion Austin Trout. Now, Gausha will look to
catapult himself right back into the title picture with a
victory on March 26.
“After everyone sees this performance on March 26, they’re
going to know where I fit into this division,” said Gausha.
“I’ve got a job to do. Right now, I’m really just starting
to show people my skills and what I can do. This is going to
solidify that. I’m knocking on the door of a title fight
right now. A win over Tszyu would be great for my career and
get me to the world titles.”