'Never seen that': Man's marriage proposal gaffe at Tim Tszyu fight

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The man, pictured here proposing to his partner before Tim Tszyu's fight.
The man proposed to his partner before Tim Tszyu's fight. Image: Main Event

There were fireworks at the boxing on Wednesday night even before Tim Tszyu stepped into the ring to battle Takeshi Inoue.

Tszyu once again underlined his world-title credentials with a unanimous points victory over Inoue in the pair's high-stakes super-welterweight showdown in Sydney.

And while there were plenty of fireworks during the fight, there were also a few ringside before the bout.

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In between two of the preliminary fights on the main card, one spectator dropped to a knee to pop the question to his partner.

With the 40,000 in attendance and thousands more watching on TV waiting with baited breath, the man's partner was forced to look on awkwardly as he struggled to find the ring.

The man frantically searched his pockets before (what felt like an eternity) finally locating the ring in his jacket.

He dropped to one knee and proposed, receiving a yes for his troubles.

“What’s happening here in the crowd?” Warren Smith said in commentary for Main Event.

“Is this the old big marriage proposal at the sporting event? And here they are next to the ring and he can’t find the ring

“Oh he’s got it at long last. Let’s hope the answer is a yes. He’s got to get the microphone as well so it gets broadcast to the crowd. 

"Down on one knee, no standing eight count required and let’s hope it’s all in the affirmative that it’s a knockout decision for him.

“That’s a new one for me at the fights. It looks like it’s smiles all round.

“There’s action in the ring, there’s action in the dressing room with the gloves, there’s action in the crowd with a marriage proposal.

“Yes! She did say yes. That’s great. Congratulations to the very happy couple.”

Aussie boxing icon Barry Michael said he’d never seen anything like it.

“He can’t find the ring,” he said

“That’s certainly a novelty. I’ve never seen that one before at the boxing.”

Tim Tszyu gets the 'healthy' test he craved

Tszyu's latest conquest was just what he yearned for as Australian boxing's emerging global superstar edges ever closer to a long-awaited world-title shot.

"Healthy" was Tszyu's considered response when asked to assess his clinical performance on Wednesday night.

Looking unstoppable, Tszyu rose to the occasion for his sternest test yet to prevail after 12 tough rounds and improve his undefeated professional record to a 20-0 - 15 by TKO.

"Something I needed in my career, that's for sure - 12 rounds," Tszyu said.

Tim Tszyu, pictured here after beating Takeshi Inoue in Sydney.
Tim Tszyu celebrates after beating Takeshi Inoue. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

"Just being able to grind it out the whole time. I got used to these annihilations so it's good to get the rounds in with a durable opponent."

Durable being an understatement.

Including towel downs and medical repairs, Inoue courageously withstood a near-hour-long barrage of head and body blows from Tszyu before accepting his seemingly inevitable fate.

"The guy is built like a brick wall," Tszyu said.

"I don't think a heavyweight could drop him. What a warrior."

Already the mandatory No.1-ranked challenger to Brian Castano's WBO light middleweight belt, Tszyu is hoping his latest comprehensive triumph will finally clinch that world-title shot against the Argentine early next year.

with AAP

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