Tim Tszyu photo blowing minds before world title fight

Tim Tszyu really has a tall task ahead of him.

The Australian is taking a massive gamble to fight Sebastian Fundora in Las Vegas on Sunday after Keith Thurman pulled out just days ahead of their blockbuster fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Their final face off on Friday morning showed how big that gamble is when the 29-year-old stood in front of his 1.97m opponent, popularly referred to as the “Towering Inferno”.

Tszyu said the fight felt like “David vs Goliath”.

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Photos from the face off have been spreading around the internet with many fans blown away by the size mismatch.

Despite his size, Fundora has found a home in the superwelterweight division and has the unlikely chance to unify the belts in the division when facing Tszyu.

The lanky American fighter will have an 18cm reach advantage over the 1.75m Aussie.

The photo had jokes flying thick and fast.

“Good god Tszyu got a tall task ahead of him,” one Twitter user wrote.

One wrote: “I thought Tim was on his knees at first”.

Another posted: “Can Tszyu step up to the challenge?”

One fan told Main Event’s Ben Damon: “My God, that’s a massive height difference. Luckily for Tim it’s easier punching up than down. I’m tipping the tall timber will be falling in round 2”.

The height differential forced Team Tszyu to launch a “worldwide search” for sparring partners capable of replicating Fundora’s size and style at southpaw.

United States-born tall timbers Mykal Fox and Ardreal Holmes Jr answered the call to help Tszyu prepare.

Fundora looms as a real threat to Tszyu, considering he was beating Brian Mendoza before Mendoza knocked him out in last year’s mega upset.

Tszyu defeated Mendoza in October and had been sparring with him in preparation for Thurman.

While he doesn’t quite have the same name recognition in America as Thurman, Fundora is a serious chance of ending Tszyu’s undefeated record with his unique physique.

“He’s a freak of nature,” No Limit fight promoter George Rose said this week of Fundora.

“How he makes the weight I have no idea. He’s an impossible opponent.

“It’s not an issue for Fundora because he fights six-foot guys all the time.

“It’s a blessing and a curse. The fact Fundora was on this card already, he can step up into the main event straight away. But it’s an absolute curse because he’s the bogeyman of the division. It’s such a hard fight to prepare for.

“The conversations will change to, ‘How the hell do you land one on Fundora?’

Rose said Tszyu’s decision to take the Fundora fight on such short notice was “mind-blowing”.

“He’s literally a guy you need a 12-week camp for,” he said.

“You don’t do this on 12 days, you do it on 12 weeks. Tim Tszyu’s about to do it on 12 days and that’s what’s absolutely mind-blowing to me.

“The one mentality I have is I never consider Tim Tszyu losing, so I never think about that alternate world scenario.

“I believe Tim wins every day of the week, he beats anyone who steps in the ring with him.”


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