Tim Tszyu vs. Jeff Horn Pick – Boxing August 26, 2020

In a highly anticipated super welterweight bout between Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu, the two will finally square off in Australia for a point to make for both boxers. Tszyu is trying to make a name for himself and separate himself from his father, Kostya.

One win over Horn isn’t going to be able to convince people, but I think he can show that he can take care of Horn, then Tszyu might be well on his way to fighting in prolific matches in the future. A trip to the US to challenge boxers on a bigger scale could be the next step for Tszyu if he gets the win here.

A win over Horn and Tszyu probably doesn’t have anything else to prove in Australia. This will determine who the best boxer in Australia is currently. Sure, it would only be one big on Tszyu’s resume, he hasn’t beaten anyone worth noting thus far. Keep in mind that Tszyu is only a 25-year-old, though. He’s still a baby in the world of boxing and could be on the cusp of becoming a household name.

Because right now, most people know who Tim is more because of his father, rather than who he’s beaten in a boxing ring. Living up to his father and making a name for himself isn’t going to be easy, but he does pack a lot of talent and people might not be giving him enough credit at this stage in his career.

Look no further than Chris Kongo on Saturday in the finale of Fight Camp. There is a guy that really beat absolutely no one before getting some attention for his win over Luther Clay. Okay, Horn is tenfold the opponent that Clay is, but the fact still remains that Tszyu could use this as a big springboard forward to the next chapter of his career.

Is this the peak for Tim if he wins, though? I could see him giving Horn a war here, but beating elite boxers beyond this could prove to be tough. The form he’s in today against his best opponent yet should shine some light on the situation. Head below for our free Tim Tszyu vs. Jeff Horn pick for August 26, 2020.

Tim Tszyu vs. Jeff Horn Boxing Betting Odds:

Distance:

  • No (+110)
  • Yes (-140)
Moneyline:

  • Tszyu (-225)
  • Horn (+175)
Total Rounds:

  • Over 8.5 (-190)
  • Under 8.5 (+155)

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Tim Tszyu vs. Jeff Horn Prediction:

The first thing that jumps out in this fight is the price. I think a lot of people are going to be attracted to Jeff Horn because of +175. They see that Horn has beaten Manny Pacquiao and has the experience on Tszyu.

The 32-year-old has gotten a lot more time in the spotlight than his younger opponent. Horn heads into this bout with a record of 20-2-1 with 13 wins by KO. He won the WBO welterweight title from Pac Man in 2017 with a UD win, albeit controversially, with the decision having to be reviewed.

Just under a year later, Horn was fighting Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in a fight he lost and had to relinquish his title. Most recently, Horn defeated fellow Aussie, Michael Zerafa, by majority decision in a rematch on December 18, 2019.

Zerafa won the first meeting with a TKO on November 30, 2018. Boxing fans are familiar with Horn, but when it comes to Tszyu, they think of a guy trying to live up to his dad’s name. A loss today for Horn would make for his third loss in the last six fights. This would be after going 19 straight bouts without a loss for Horn.

The younger legs of Tszyu might prove to be a bigger challenge than some people are giving him credit for. Tszyu is a perfect 15-0 and needs a win over a guy like Horn to show what he’s worth. Up to this point, Tszyu has picked on plenty of inferior opponents, but shown plenty of talent.

Tszyu is coming off a TKO win over Jack Brubaker. That was more of a tune up than anything for this bout. Horn is a sizable step up from Brubaker, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. He will likely pressure Horn and have a better performance than expected, or at least people who aren’t setting the lines.

Horn looks like a massive trap in this fight. Money will flow in on Horn in this match at +175, but I think the oddsmakers know something. Expect Tszyu to pressure Horn early and catch him off guard before both settle in. Horn has a size advantage on Tszyu, and he should be able to use that to keep his opponent honest. Anything that Tszyu throws at Horn shouldn’t be anything that he hasn’t seen in previous matches. This likely goes to a decision.

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DECISION (YES)
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