Paulo Aokuso has vowed to “present the world” what he’s about within the ring on Sunday after signing a outstanding cope with the model that sponsors The Rock and Steph Curry.
After simply three skilled fights, Aokuso has joined Patty Mills and Chloe Logarzo as Australian athletes signed by attire giants Underneath Armour.
The American sports activities model inked a cope with Aokuso this week, forward of his showdown towards Cuban Yunieski “The Monster” Gonzalez on Sunday on the undercard of Tim Tszyu versus Tony Harrison.
Aokuso (3-0, 3KO) battles Gonzalez (21-5, 17KO) for the IBO Inter-Continental gentle heavyweight title at Qudos Financial institution Enviornment.
“Sunday, I’m profitable, I’m coming residence with the belt,” Aokuso stated.
“I’m going to indicate the world extra of me. This struggle will certainly go longer than two rounds, and I’m going to entertain and present the world what I’m about.”
Aokuso, the uncle of NRL celebrity Joseph Sua’ali’i, has already declared he desires to earn greater than $100 million in his boxing profession, says the brand new sponsorship deal is simply the beginning.
“For somebody to solely have three fights and be sponsored by one of many largest sports activities manufacturers on the earth, I’m simply grateful,” the 25-year-old stated.
“I at all times knew I used to be going to be a giant star in Australia. However not solely in Australia, on the earth as effectively.
“To have that standing early in my profession, a one 12 months skilled combating profession, it’s loopy. I don’t know anyone else that’s been within the sport for one 12 months, solely had three skilled fights, getting sponsorships like this.
“Once I go to the shop, I simply seize garments.
“With all the pieces that’s coming now, simply think about the blessings that may come sooner or later.”
Boomers basketball captain Mills, Matildas and Kansas Metropolis soccer star Logarzo have Underneath Armour offers, together with international icons Curry, Tom Brady, and Canelo Alvarez.
Aokuso is hoping to quickly meet The Rock – additionally of Samoan heritage – throughout future promoting campaigns.
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“I used to be over the moon, I at all times instructed myself I wished to be sponsored by Underneath Armour, years in the past when The Rock received concerned,” Aokuso stated.
“To be a part of the identical secure as The Rock, it’s unimaginable. That’s yet one more step nearer to assembly him too.
“I’m fairly positive we’re a part of the identical village.”
Aokuso, a Tokyo Olympian, has developed a remarkably giant following since turning professional.
“It’s my character, my charisma,” he stated.
“My character strolling into the ring, contained in the ring, I’m not a lot of a talker outdoors the ring however within the ring I like to speak with my actions.
“One factor about me, I like having enjoyable. I like my household, I like God, what life wouldn’t be higher than that?”
Tszyu-Harrison blockbuster set to push PPV data
Tim Tszyu pulled as much as the press convention in entrance of Sydney Opera Home in a crimson Dodge Ram, hopped out in a tailor-made blue swimsuit and strutted to the stage.
“He received out that b— like a diva, like they was opening the door and Beyonce was hopping out that thang,” shirtless rival Tony Harrison mused in his Detroit drawl.
He made everybody chuckle.
However in Australian boxing phrases, Tszyu is about to hit Beyonce degree.
The Tszyu-Harrison bout on Sunday, at Qudos Financial institution Enviornment, is now forecast to develop into the second-highest ranking pay-per-view struggle staged in Australia in Important Occasion historical past, behind solely Anthony Mundine versus Danny Inexperienced in 2006.
Expectations are that the WBO super-welterweight bout might surpass 120,000 buys on Important Occasion and Kayo, which might far surpass the Mundine-Inexperienced rematch in 2017 that did 100,000 buys.
Solely the American-staged mega bouts involving Floyd Mayweather, towards Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor, have finished extra PPV gross sales in Australia.
It’s fairly outstanding to assume that after simply 21 fights, 28-year-old Tszyu might sit in the identical sphere as Mundine, Inexperienced, Mayweather and Pacquiao.
However No Restrict Boxing boss George Rose stated: “The numbers converse for that, when it comes all the way down to it, for those who do the numbers you belong in the identical breath.
“Wherever he lands on Sunday, that’s his benchmark. He’ll solely continue to grow from there.
“If you happen to’re not on the Tim Tszyu bandwagon but, there’s a lot extra room.”
Pre-sales for the struggle have been so robust already that Foxtel has added extra workers to discipline telephone requires these ordering.
“I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing thus far, while you’ve received an American star like Tony Harrison come out to tackle our celebrity of Australian boxing, it deserves that magnitude,” Rose stated.
“Mundine-Inexperienced, it was a struggle that was made for Australia, a struggle that was at all times going to do nice numbers, I believe the outcome we’ll see with Tim on Sunday will actually solidify that he’s our man for the long run and the man to fly the flag for Australia.
“That is bringing worldwide boxing and the worldwide stage to Australia. We’ve had an excellent scene right here for a very long time, nice boxers for a very long time. Now we’ve received nice exhibits that may entice these eyeballs.
“We’ve received fighters taking over fights that individuals wish to see not solely in Australia however throughout the globe, Individuals wish to see this as a result of these are the following two killers within the 154 pound division. All roads result in [undisputed champion] Jermell Charlo, that’s the place Tim’s going subsequent.”
Tszyu is so assured he’s even predicting that Charlo – who can be on the commentary workforce within the US – will attempt to dodge him after the bout.
“I wouldn’t be shocked to see if he strikes up after this, Charlo vacates and strikes up, headlines on Monday,” Tszyu stated.
“[I’m in] killer mode, I’m within the zone. The final time I wore a swimsuit was to the Jeff Horn [presser] and the one cause I did it was as a result of I used to be in that psychological state, and this time I really feel it.”
However Harrison, who has greater than finished his half to promote this struggle together with his wit and verbal sniping, is simply as satisfied of victory.
“He’s weak to get hit wherever, physique and head, he’s weak when he’s going again on his again foot largely, so anticipate the sudden,” Harrison stated.
“I do know precisely how this struggle goes to play out, I believe the entire world is aware of precisely how this struggle goes to play out and I’ve mimicked sparring precisely how I believe that is going to play out.
“It’s going to be an excellent struggle. Most of those Australians are popping out due to me, not due to him.”
Tszyu swiftly replied: “If you happen to went and fought some random Aussie, I reckon there’d be 200 individuals within the crowd, so don’t say it’s due to you.
“It’s the Tim Tszyu present.”
BIGGEST PPV BOXING EVENTS IN AUSTRALIA
1. Anthony Mundine vs Danny Inexperienced, Could 17, 2006, Sydney. PPV buys: 200,000
2. Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, Could 2, 2015, Las Vegas. PPV buys: 195,000
3. Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, August 26, 2017, Nevada. PPV buys: 190,000
4. Anthony Mundine vs Danny Inexperienced II, February 3, 2017, Adelaide. PPV buys: 100,000
5. Tim Tszyu vs Jeff Horn, August 26, 2020, Townsville. PPV buys: 94,000
BOXING CHAMPS TIP HARRISON TO END TSZYU’S STREAK
It’s Tszyu versus the world.
Former world champion and American commentator Shawn Porter has joined the rising variety of excessive profile boxing identities tipping Tony Harrison to defeat Tim Tszyu for the WBO title on Sunday.
Whereas Tszyu retains betting favouritism, there was a rising feeling all through the week that Harrison is primed to spring an upset and develop into the primary man to defeat Tszyu.
Porter, who will commentate the struggle ringside at Qudos Financial institution Enviornment for American broadcaster Showtime, instructed Information Corp Australia: “On paper, Tim Tszyu is meant to win this struggle, however Tony remains to be very rugged and really sensible.
“It’s arduous to go towards the grain seeing as this has the makings of Tim profitable, this struggle is in his again yard.
“However I’m going to go towards the grain, I’m going to select Tony for this one.”
World champion boxers Shakur Stevenson and Errol Spence have additionally picked Harrison to win, whereas Harrison himself believes he’ll have the sold-out crowd on his aspect at Homebush.
“I’m actually a tough man to not like, I’m a tough man to not go for, I believe everybody goes for, not simply previous the talent, simply the charisma, simply the way in which I work together with individuals,” stated Harrison (29-3-1, 21KO).
“I don’t know what Tim did to lots of people however belief me, everyone that don’t like Tim, I’m going to do everyone’s job in a single evening.”
Porter believes that not solely can Harrison win, but in addition knock out Tszyu.
“Tony has received energy, it’s actually deceiving energy particularly as a result of he hasn’t had a knockout in a very long time,” Porter stated. “It’s underrated energy.
“Tony has been by way of sufficient to climate this storm that Tim goes to convey.
“You’d assume it is a walk-through struggle for Tim, however you’ve received to know Tony could be very, very sensible, he can win on factors, he’s received an excellent proper hand, he can win by knockout.
“Lots of people overlook that’s he’s a really robust and brave fighter, he didn’t come over right here to put down.
“The identical factor for Tim, he’s that youth, which implies he’s actually hungry, he has not tasted the highest but and he’s not prepared to cease. That’s what makes this struggle actually compelling.”
Stevenson, the undefeated and unified super-featherweight world champion, stated: “I don’t assume Tszyu is that good.
“I might see this struggle go the space. Like I stated, Tony, so long as he don’t get caught with shot that harm him, wobble him, or get him out of there, he’s skilfully actually good.
“It’s going to be actually arduous for anyone to beat Tony Harrison when he’s on his A-game.”
In the meantime Spence, a pound-for-pound nice and potential future opponent for Tszyu, stated he’d be prepared to wager $10,000 on his countryman.
“I’ll wager 10 on a Tony Harrison upset,” Spence wrote on Twitter.
Undisputed ladies’s super-featherweight champion Alycia Baumgardner added: “Come struggle evening, individuals will see the distinction between a fighter from Australia and a fighter from Detroit, a distinct sort of grit, a distinct sort of grind. Tony has proven that greater than as soon as.”
Nevertheless, none of this bothers Tszyu (21-0, 15KO).
“I’ve heard it for many of my fights, phrases are simply phrases,” Tszyu stated.
“Each time I’ve had a step up, I’ve delivered.
“After a few rounds, watch his face change, watch how his physique language adjustments.
“He’s going to be the twenty second physique on the listing.”
TSZYU VICTORY CELEBRATION PLANS REVEALED
The Tszyu camp has labelled Tony Harrison as “delusional” throughout a tense confrontation through which the American questioned his administration’s choice to problem him for the world title.
Because it emerged Tszyu has already booked a celebration journey to Spain to observe Actual Madrid play Liverpool within the Champions League blockbuster subsequent week, Harrison continued his claims that Tszyu has made a significant mistake combating him.
In truth, Harrison confronted Tszyu’s supervisor, Glen Jennings, to say he’d derailed his fighter – given Tszyu is already the No. 1 necessary challenger for all 4 main belts and will’ve waited for injured champion Jermell Charlo to heal after which fought for the undisputed championship, as a substitute of risking all of it to struggle Harrison on Sunday for the interim WBO super-welterweight belt.
Harrison has repeatedly said that Tszyu, with a report of 21-0 (15KO), ought to by no means have been within the body for the undisputed title shot towards Charlo as a result of he’s not fought high calibre contenders within the division.
Harrison, who’s the one man to have crushed Charlo and held the WBC title, repeated the gibe to Jennings, who confirmed the incident with Harrison to Information Corp Australia.
“Tony Harrison desires the world to imagine Tim’s received no likelihood. Effectively I stated it to his face, ‘I believe you’re delusional’,” Jennings stated.
“Tony’s delusional in that regard as a result of have a look at Tony’s report. First 21 fights, there’s no person on the listing that we even know, none of us know any of the names there.
“They’re joyful to take a seat reverse Tim and say, ‘You don’t should be right here’. Hold on a second, let’s have a look at this for what it’s.
“And Tony’s an excellent man and an excellent salesman, however don’t assume that as a result of Tim hasn’t gone over there and fought Jarrett Hurd and all these guys that he’s lacking out on one thing, he’s not and Tony will discover out on Sunday.”
Throughout a face-off for Important Occasion, introduced by Ben Damon, Harrison stated Tszyu was solely in place to face Charlo for the undisputed titles as a result of his father is legend Kostya Tszyu.
“Tim has fought and beat everyone they instructed him to beat, however he hasn’t crossed the pond to beat guys like me,” Harrison stated.
“Guys from America that actually possess the expertise constructions to provide him issues. He hasn’t confronted these guys.
“So to be subsequent as much as struggle for all the pieces?
“C’mon man, that’s a final identify factor.”
Tszyu fights 32-year-old Harrison (29-3-1, 21KO) at Qudos Financial institution Enviornment on Sunday afternoon – a struggle that can be beamed again to thousands and thousands in the USA in prime-time Saturday evening.
The 28-year-old Australian is so assured of victory, he’s booked a victory journey to Europe together with his girlfriend Alex Constantine, with the couple to go to the 81,000-seat Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to observe his workforce Actual Madrid, that includes Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema.
“We’re going to Europe to observe Actual Madrid versus Liverpool,” Tszyu stated.
“It’s at all times been a dream of mine to observe the Champions League, that’s what I’ll reward myself with.”
Tszyu believes that he’ll defeat Harrison, after which take all 4 belts within the rescheduled bout with Charlo later this 12 months.
“This struggle on Sunday represents the place I wish to get to, this isn’t the clear finish, it’s the beginning of one other journey,” Tszyu stated.
“The magnitude of this occasion, to have the ability to say that due to me, all these individuals are speaking about it and excited, the entire of Australia is happy, if I can do small issues like that my job is finished.”