Tim Tszyu, the son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu, retained the WBO global super-welterweight title in Australia on Wednesday as he closes in on a world title shot.
His latest impressive win comes four days after Campbell Hatton’s professional debut.
You will, of course, remember that the pair’s fathers served up an absolute classic in Manchester back in 2005 which Ricky Hatton won. Many consider that night the apex of his career.
Tszyu was, to his credit, a world champion for around a decade and is a welterweight legend. The Russian’s Australian-born son is carving his own path and he has just moved to 18-0.
Tim, 26, knocked Denis Hogan down in the fifth round on Wednesday and when he moved in for the kill, his opponent’s corner threw in the towel. It marks the middleweight’s third stoppage victory since last summer alone.
Much like Ricky was visibly proud of Campbell’s showing last Saturday, Kostya was over the moon for Tim. The only key difference was, he wasn’t there.
“Just spoke to him then,” Tszyu said of his father after the fight. “I couldn’t really hear him too much, but he was pretty happy.
“He was on the channel in Russia, because they televised it there. You could tell he was happy.”
Although Kostya isn’t officially banned from watching his son at ringside, but he hasn’t accompanied Tim since his son’s professional debut because, in Tim’s words, he’s a ‘control freak.’
Tim Tszyu is ranked as the WBO’s number one contender to the world title held by Brian Castano, with Britain’s Liam Smith ranked second.
“I’m not satisfied, I haven’t achieved anything in my eyes yet,” he said. “My dad was an undisputed world champion for 10 years, what have I done?
“Again, give me a few years. I’ve got a long way to go, my comparisons and my goals are out of this world and that’s what I’m going to be striving for,” said Tim.
Conor Benn, another son of a legend who grew up in Australia, puts his unbeaten record on the line against Samuel Vargas on April 10.
Another son of a legend, Chris Eubank Jr., will take on Marcus Morrison on May 1.
Boxing has a hell of a production line – that much is for certain!