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Tim Tszyu says nobody - nowhere - will deny him his world title dream after continuing his relentless pursuit of global glory with a savage beat-down of beer-pulling Stevie Spark in Newcastle.
Tszyu retained his WBO global super welterweight title and added the Commonwealth belt to his collection with a comprehensive third-round stoppage against his underdog and ill-prepared but gallant opponent on Wednesday night.
Tszyu lived up to his pre-fight promise to shatter Spark's "Cinderella, Rocky Balboa" dreams of ending the favourite's undefeated record to become the new face of Australian boxing.
A late replacement for no-show Michael Zerafa, Spark won plenty of plaudits for even stepping in to the ring in the so-called "Tszyu-castle" kingdom, where Tszyu and his legendary father Kostya are now unbeaten in nine bouts over more than a quarter of a century.
But Spark was no match for a budding superstar of Australian sport.
"This is my ring, this is my division. I'm here to stay," Tszyu said.
Tszyu typically dominated from the get-go, hurting his bold challenger with a series of heavy blows from above and below in the first round.
Courageous and perhaps foolish in equal measures, Spark did incredibly well to survive beyond the second round as Tszyu unleashed a barrage of destructive left-handers to have the late fill-in literally on his knees.
The referee eventually stopped the fight, maybe even later than he could and should have, halfway through the third round following two more telling body shots from Tszyu.
"Look, It's all business," Tszyu said.
"For myself, I've got one objective in my mind. That's to take out whoever possible is in front of me. That's quite simple.
"I've got all respect for Steve Spark, who came in (late). He's got an incredible career in front of him."
The victory improved Tszyu's record to 15 knockouts from 19 fights as the 26-year-old WBO world No.1-ranked contender marched, ominously, another step towards emulating his famous father Kostya and becoming a world champion.
In the co-main event, Queenslander Liam Wilson suffered a reality check in his own pursuit of a world title with a savage fifth-round loss to the Philippines' self-styled "Jaw Breaker" Joe Noynay.
Previously undefeated in nine fights, Wilson was sent crashing to the canvas three times before Noynay's devastating left hand finally finished the 24-year-old to retain his WBA Asia Pacific super featherweight title.
Adding further lustre to his triumph, Noynay, the world No.7 and ranked by all three governing bodies, won after enduring 14 days in quarantine after being the first international boxer outside of New Zealand to fight in Australia during the pandemic.