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On This Day | 28 January 1995 | Tszyu becomes World Champion

Posted by Sam Brydges on


Kostya Tszyu is undoubtedly Australia's greatest ever boxer.

The Russian-born, adopted Australian became world champion in just his 14th paid fight following on from a glittering amateur career of 259 wins and just 11 losses.

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Tszyu announced his arrival onto the world boxing stage in a memorable fight in Las Vegas against Puerto Rican champion Jake Rodriguez on January 28th 1995, which was broadcast live back to an estimated 2 million fans in Australia.

He went on to reign as the junior world welterweight champion for the better part of ten years.