Tim Tszyu has accomplished a rare 333 rounds of sparring in preparation for his world title battle on Sunday.
“Harrison wouldn’t have achieved that,” Tszyu mentioned of his American rival, former world champion Tony Harrison.
The explanation Tszyu is aware of what number of rounds he’s sparred is as a result of coach and uncle and coach Igor Goloubev is a meticulous note-taker and preparation grasp.
Tszyu describes Goloubev’s relentless examine of rivals as “loopy”, whereas grandfather Boris “is the rock of the household”.
Boris attends each single coaching session Goloubev places Tim and youthful brother Nikita by way of, making certain hand-wraps, gloves and coaching gear are precisely the place they should be.
“Boxing is a household enterprise,” Nikita mentioned.
Tim and Nikita will battle on the identical card for the primary time on Sunday at Qudos Financial institution Area, and whereas Boris and Goloubev shall be frantically making ready and serving to each, Tim Tszyu is not going to take into consideration, or watch Nikita’s battle towards undefeated Bo Belbin as a result of his whole focus is on defeating Harrison for the WBO super-welterweight belt that may make him a world champion like his father Kostya.
When Kostya left the boys, their mom Natasha and sister Anastasia to start a brand new life in Russia in 2012, Boris, Goloubev and the fighters’ supervisor Glen Jennings stepped in as father-figures.
That is how the Tszyu clan roll. No fuss, no frills, simply maintain punching.
They nonetheless all are in common contact with legendary champion Kostya, who has two kids with second spouse Tatiana and lives in Moscow, however their every day strikes revolve round making certain Tim and Nikita obtain all they will out and in of the ring.
Goloubev, whose spouse Olga is Kostya’s sister, moved to Australia in 1997 along with their son Daniel.
They moved into the identical home that Boris and his spouse Valentina, and Kostya, Natasha and Tim lived in, at Bonanza Parade in Sans Souci.
“From the day Tim was born, I used to be shaking his trolley to cease him from crying, although I wished to fall asleep,” Goloubev mentioned.
Boris provides: “All of us took turns, one after the other.”
All of them lived collectively for 5 years, earlier than discovering new properties, though the bond remained thick, as Goloubev’s second son Denis got here alongside, in addition to Nikita and Anastasia.
“They grew up collectively like brothers and sisters,” Goloubev mentioned.
“We lived in the identical home, fall asleep in the identical home, get up in the identical home, eat breakfast collectively.
“We solely separated after 5 years, so for 5 years we have been residing as one, in Kostya’s home.
“That’s made us very shut.
“So if you end up this near a fighter, you’ll be able to’t present emotion, you’ll be able to’t allow them to know you’re nervous when it’s the most important battle of their profession.
“It’s a take a look at, you keep optimistic. When you go to battle and it’s 50-50 if you’ll die, you do what it takes to go ahead.”
The fight-or-die mentality runs deep within the Tszyu genes.
Boris, who himself had 4 fights and gained all of them, took Kostya to the boxing gymnasium at simply eight years outdated.
“The place we’re from in Serov, there are plenty of dangerous folks, plenty of criminals round,” Boris mentioned.
“And boxing was a really respectful, disciplined sport.
“I by no means thought he would grow to be a world champion, in Serov there have been no televisions, we couldn’t see skilled boxing.
“Time made him a particular boxer. From a younger age, Kostya wished to be totally different, not like the identical as the opposite million folks round.”
Kostya would find yourself as a unified champion and multi-millionaire, however whereas Jennings guided him financially, he’s stricter with Tim and Nikita, limiting entry to their financial institution accounts.
“If you’ve received younger fellows like this who come from a reasonably insular household, the place their dad managed every little thing after which he leaves, that leaves them open to anyone to return in and affect them,” Jennings mentioned.
“So I simply tried to be that buffer and mentioned ‘There’s issues that I’ll pull you up on when want be’ and attempt to mentor them alongside, each in enterprise and in life as they develop up.
“I believe Kostya might be glad that I’ve slipped into that position to assist as a result of with out it there can be alternatives for others to maybe make the most of the boys and their final identify.
“I assume I’m the financial institution teller, and I simply say ‘no’. Typically I’ve to.
“Tim is a grown man, and naturally, it’s his cash. However I’ll advise him. I do imagine if you attain Tim’s stage, there ought to be rewards. And so he does get some good rewards. However usually talking, he’s not very wasteful.”
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