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  Tim Tszyu vs. Terrell Gausha Final Press Conference

Top super welterweight contender and rising star Tim Tszyu went face-to-face with U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha at the final press conference Thursday before they meet in the main event live on SHOWTIME this Saturday, March 26 in a Premier Boxing Champions event from The Armory in Minneapolis.

The press conference also featured rising lightweight contender Michel Rivera and fellow unbeaten Joseph Blessed Hands Adorno, who duel in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-main event, plus hard-hitting super lightweight Elvis Rodriguez and Juan Jos Velasco, who square off in the telecast opener at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, No Limit Boxing and Warriors Boxing, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.

The son of Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu, Tim Tszyu makes his stateside debut after establishing himself in his native Australia as one of the most dangerous contenders in the stacked 154-pound division. Hell look to move closer to a world title opportunity with a win over the 2012 U.S. Olympian Gausha, who represents the toughest test of Tszyus career and most recently knocked out Jamontay Clark in two rounds on SHOWTIME in March 2021.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the W Foshay Minneapolis:

TIM TSZYU

Gausha has the credentials. Hes fought the best in the division. Having to fight someone like that gives me the chance to prove to everyone who I really am.

Terrells name popped up before my last fight and we happily accepted straight away. At this level, theres no such thing as easy fights. You have to fight anyone and everyone.

This is a buzz for me. Im super excited. Weve done great things in Australia and sold out arenas in one day. But I needed to come over to America because this is what Ive always watched throughout my life growing up. To finally experience it is incredible. This is what I live for.

Im taking it one step at a time, but Im here to really take over. I believe in what I can do. Thats whats in my heart and in my destiny.

Im going to do what I always do. The game plan is quite simple. Im going to make as few mistakes as possible and capitalize on his mistakes.

Everything feels different about this situation but the work is the same and the ring is the same. Im here to show everything in the ring. Actions speak louder than words.

This has been a long time in the making. Im pumped. Im out of my skin. My father gave me advice about the fight, like what to do and what not to do.

I dont know what to expect from fighting in front of a U.S. crowd. At the end of the day, Im focused on my opponent.

Me and Terrell are going to produce nonstop action until the final bell rings or before the bell rings. Im coming with everything. Ive had a great camp and Im grateful for this opportunity.

TERRELL GAUSHA


Im just ready. Im feeling dangerous. I like this fight. Tim is a good fighter who brings the pressure. Its going to bring the best out of me to face a fighter like that.

When I watch Tszyus fights, I see that he brings the pressure. Thats just what he does. Its not something I havent seen before. Im going to go out there and do some things that he hasnt seen before.

Im sure hes been watching my fights, but I think what hes been watching is the wrong thing. I dont think hes going to be ready for what Im going to show him Saturday.

This fight can cement my spot in line for that world title. Tszyu has a lot of backing behind him, hes young and hes got a great record. Thats exactly what I want to be up against.

I feel like Im just a different kind of opponent than anything hes ever faced. Ive trained for a live guy whos bringing the pressure. But well see how it works out for him on Saturday.

I just feel like Im a true super welterweight. Im not coming up in weight. I feel like Im strong and Im not here to be bullied.

This is a good fight and Im glad that he took it. I respect Tim for taking a fight like this. Were going to put on a show for the fans and give them a great fight.

I prepared great for this fight. We had an injury free camp. Im in shape and Im going in there to dominate and deliver action.

Theres no other way around it. The winner of this fight should get the winner of the Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castao rematch.

MICHEL RIVERA


Im so focused on this fight. Ive been in camp for four months and flew to Las Vegas to get more sparring with Mario Barrios. So Im one million percent ready.

Hes a good fighter with a good record. Everyone knows I have experience fighting guys I know. My last opponent had the same trainer as me. Thats just boxing. Everyone is going to see that this is the fight of the night.

I feel great heading into this fight and Im thankful for the opportunity. Im here to win. Everyone who has watched me knows that I bring a lot of different skills to the ring.

I want to fight Gervonta Davis. Im number two for his WBA title and Im ready for my opportunity. My goal is to face all the champions in the division and be the last man standing.

Adorno and I support each other when we fight, but it doesnt matter to me. Thats just boxing. Hes a good guy with a good record and hes the kind of fighter I want on my record. I have to take advantage of the fights that are presented to me.

I dont know if its going to go the distance, but Im ready to go 14 rounds.

JOSEPH ADORNO


This is a new Joseph Adorno that youre going to see. Im not just relying on my power. Were putting in the work. This takes whoever wins from prospect to contender. I know whats on the line.

I just have to be focused and relaxed in the ring. We both bring spectacular power. I think of the three fights on T.V., were going to steal the show.

Whoever lands the first good punch is going to end this fight. Someone is going to sleep.

I knew about Michel through us talking online. We initially agreed not to fight. Then my promoter said Rivera is telling people Im scared to fight. So they gave me his contract signed, and I signed mine right away.

Im not going to look like Im scared. Of course this is a great fight. Were friendly, but its just business.

ELVIS RODRIGUEZ


The loss that I suffered motivated me to get back in the gym and work even harder. I was able to come back with a big victory in my last fight and show that the hard work was worth it.

I plan to put on a great performance again against a tough opponent. My hard work is going to pay off and the fans are going to see a great fight come Saturday.

You can count on seeing me strumming my air guitar on Saturday night. Im confident in my training and the foundation that Ive laid in the gym. Youre going to see my hand raised on Saturday night and music for everybody.

JUAN JOSE VELASCO


My defeats are in my past. I learned lessons from them, but Im focused on the present. Im ready for this challenge and Im ready to take things up another level.

Im very confident in the weapons that Ive prepared for this Saturday night. Ive had a great training camp from start to finish. Its exactly what I needed heading into this fight.

I absolutely believe that when I win this fight, I will get a world title shot. Im glad that Rodriguez is confident, because Im confident as well. Were going to provide the fans with a tremendous bout from both of us.



 

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