'We all bleed': Tszyu 'legacy' on the line in Vegas

Tim Tszyu is on the cusp of cementing his legacy as one of Australia’s all-time boxing greats – but standing in his way is the tallest task of his career, literally.

The unbeaten Aussie will be looking to become a unified super-welterweight champion on Sunday (AEDT) in Las Vegas against Sebastian Fundora, who stands at 197cm tall and also has a significant reach advantage over Tszyu.

Fundora’s only loss came last year against Brian Mendoza – the same man Tszyu defeated on home soil in October to retain the WBO title.

Speaking at the press conference two days out from the fight, the 29-year-old Tszyu explained why becoming a unified title holder like his father, Kostya, was always his “destiny” inside the ring, while also shouting out some other legendary names in the sport’s history.

“It’s been a long road, but I’ve dreamt of this moment my whole life. Everything I’ve done has led to this point … the show goes on and destiny awaits,” Tszyu said.

“It’s all about collecting belts and collecting legacy. We’re going to show that the Tszyu name is the greatest boxing family of all time.

“It’s quite hard to prepare for a fighter like Fundora. But a true champion rises to the occasion. I came here as a throwback fighter and that’s what I want to be.

“Of course he’s got height, but we all bleed the same blood. There’s no difference between us. I’m taking inspiration from Mike Tyson and everything he did into this fight.

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