Nikita Tszyu has labelled Dylan Biggs “cocky” and a “brat” as the stress between them heats up earlier than their blockbuster Australian tremendous welterweight title struggle in Newcastle on Wednesday evening.
For the previous week, the camps of Tszyu and Biggs have been engaged in a standoff over who has the honour of strolling to the ring second for his or her pay-per-view grudge match.
Promoter No Restrict needs Tszyu, because the A-side and the extra well-known fighter, to stroll in second however Biggs, because the Australian champion, says boxing custom states it’s his proper to take action.
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The “Beaudesert Storm” hinted he would refuse to come back out of his dressing room if compelled to stroll first.
Tszyu mentioned Biggs’s stance was revealing.
“He’s getting cocky,” Tszyu mentioned on the press convention on Monday. “He’s received an Australian title and he thinks he’s king of the world.
“It is a enterprise and what he’s doing now’s tarnishing his picture.
“He’s displaying to the general public that he’s a brat, that he’s cussed and he’s not going to hearken to what the promoters say.
“That’s not a wise enterprise choice, to exit within the open in your first alternative and to principally say that you simply’re troublesome to work with.”
Biggs mentioned he was simply standing up for himself within the face of what he perceived as preferential remedy for Tszyu.
“It’s disrespectful,” Biggs mentioned. “I don’t know why they don’t honour the traditions of boxing. That’s the way it’s all the time been.
“They are saying different opponents have walked out first though they have been champions. Nicely, I’m not different opponents.
“I’m not going to allow them to stroll throughout me like that. I believe No Restrict is in search of little psychological wins over me and it’s important to draw a line within the sand someplace.”
Tszyu mentioned he couldn’t care much less who walked out first.
“I’ll simply be listening to the man who comes into my dressing room and tells me to exit,” he mentioned.
“I’m not ready for him or for any information. In the event that they inform me I’m popping out first, I’m popping out first.
“As fighters, we shouldn’t really feel the necessity to management these items. It’s not one thing you need to fear about. You could have a struggle to take care of.
“Who provides a f–k who comes out first?”
The walkout saga is the newest difficulty between Tszyu and Biggs.
Biggs additionally took exception to the promotional video Tszyu launched final week that reveals the Sydneysider throwing a steak knife at a photograph of the Queenslander.
Biggs referred to as the video “silly and cringy”, whereas Tszyu mentioned the extra reserved Biggs could be “joyful to do exactly the generic, bland boxing video as a promotional factor”.
“He’s not prepared to do something that TV would wish to hype up for the struggle,” Tszyu mentioned.
Tszyu mentioned it was one other instance of the magnitude of the occasion attending to his 21-year-old opponent.
“I’m listening to rumours that he’s feeling very anxious, that he’s not dealing with it effectively and that he’s been having robust nights of sleep,” he mentioned.
“It’s daunting at first, it’s not simple to speak in entrance of cameras and to have all of the eyes on you.
“It’s not one thing he’s skilled earlier than. I’ve skilled it since I used to be a child, seeing cameras everywhere and coping with the media.
“It’s an element that can are available in (on struggle evening).”
Biggs mentioned he was “not a fan of the media” however denied being daunted by the eye and as an alternative predicted an early stoppage.
“There was an excessive amount of speak, an excessive amount of hype and an excessive amount of politics,” he mentioned.
“I simply wish to get in there and get the struggle over and completed with.
“He can assume what he needs however I believe I deserve the respect a fighter has earned, particularly when he’s a champion.
“This struggle’s going to finish in a knockout or a stoppage. It received’t go the rounds.”