Boxing world goes bonkers over 'absolutely brutal' Nikita Tszyu KO

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Nikita Tszyu, pictured here after flattening Mason Smith in a ferocious first-round knockout.
Nikita Tszyu flattened Mason Smith in a ferocious first-round knockout. Image: Getty

Nikita Tszyu has shown he has all the abilities of his famous father and brother with a brutal victory over Mason Smith in Newcastle on Wednesday night.

The son of former world champion Kostya and younger brother of undefeated star Tim, Tszyu lived up to the hype with a savage assault in a super-welterweight mismatch.

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Dubbed the "Butcher" for his manic and merciless style, the 24-year-old dropped Mason to the canvas with a fierce right uppercut barely a minute into the contest.

Mason carried on bravely until the referee stopped the fight with 17 seconds remaining in the opening round.

"It's the blood that gets me," Tszyu said after improving his professional record to 2-0 following his equally emphatic debut win over Aaron Stahl in March.

"I love seeing the blood. That bloody nose. The joy I felt from that."

Watching on in awe from outside the ring, brother Tim declared Nikita's performance 'perfect'.

"He just knocked a guy out - 10," Tim said when asked for a rating.

"I told everyone, 'wait til he starts knocking everyone out.'

"Give him time and he'll be knocking everyone out in the division - except for me."

Fans and commentators were also impressed by Tszyu's brutal display.

Nikita Tszyu continuing family legacy

Nikita's victory also gave the famous Tszyu family a perfect 10 from 10 record in Newcastle.

Kostya prevailed in all seven of his fights in the steel city, while Tim won both of his bouts at the venue last year.

Tim predicted an exciting future for Nikita but said "he's still got a lot to prove".

"But the way he's dealing with everything - the pressure, the TV, media and performing in his fights - I think he's doing well," he told AAP.

Nikita Tszyu, pictured here celebrating with brother Tim after his win over Mason Smith.
Nikita Tszyu celebrates with brother Tim after his win over Mason Smith. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

"One thing he's got is a good mindset. He's always ready to improve.

"He's very dedicated to what he does and he's very obsessed.

"When he was doing architecture, it was the same thing. He'd stay up nights and days. For 48 hours once he didn't sleep. It's mental.

"Forty eight hours he didn't sleep, got his s*** done and he approaches boxing the same way.

"But he's got to learn the in and outs. He works hard but he's very obsessive but in a good way.

"The next few ways for him will be interesting, the way he progresses, the way he adapts for his style."

Nikita Tszyu, pictured here after his victory over Mason Smith in Newcastle.
Nikita Tszyu celebrates his victory over Mason Smith in Newcastle. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside retained his Australian lightweight title with a power-packed display.

Garside continued his meteoric rise up the professional ranks with a seventh-round TKO over gutsy Tasmanian Layton McFerran.

And Kris Terzievski became the new Australian heavyweight champion after outlasting Paul Gallen and likely ending the veteran warrior's decorated sporting career in an epic 10-round battle.

The unheralded Terzievski dominated for much of the encounter but had to survive a heroic ninth-round fightback from Gallen before gaining the judges' unanimous decision, with all three scoring the fight 97-92.

with AAP

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