Nikita Tszyu was out to make up for lost time.
Six years spent crunching the books, the former amateur champion closed that chapter and said enough was enough late last year when he saw his brother Tim destroy Takeshi Inoue in Sydney.
“Bored,” he said.
Months later and Nikita’s professional career is up and running.
The 24-year-old took just two rounds to take care of Aaron Stahl, winning by TKO.
A series of left hands in the first round followed by more of the same left his opponent rattled. With one powerful right hook it was over.
“The legacy continues,” commentator and boxing insider Ben Damon said.
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Tszyu landed 50 of his 101 shots, with 34 going to Stahl’s head and a further 16 to his body.
It was as close to perfect as Tszyu could have hoped for, with his family watching on including brother Tim in the trainer’s corner.
“Watching him in that fight, I could see his brother, I could see his eyes and the way he’s looking at his opponent and just hunting him down, and that’s their mentality to just hunt and kill,” expert caller and former world champion Jeff Horn said in commentary for Fox Sports.
“He looked very strong and he was controlling the centre of the ring and pushing Stahl onto the ropes and that’s something that you don’t want to be against a Tszyu – those body shots are killers.”
Jeff Fenech, who questioned Nikita’s calm demeanour in the hours leading up to the fight after an interview at the venue, showered the latest Tszyu to take the ring in praise.
“I thought what was great about it was that he punched to the body, as well as the head, he had great variation,” Fenech said.
“He had a great eye and look, he’s got great power, look at the damage that he’s done in two rounds.”
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Ahead of the fight Tim had commented about his younger brother’s power.
He was not wrong.
“Physically he looked bigger and more muscular than Tim in the ring,” host Warren Smith commented.
Fenech agreed: “He definitely did, he looks big, he’s strong. He’s got everything. All he’s got to do now is be patient, take it one fight at a time, one step at a time, and he’ll climb the ladder.”