Jeff Horn vs Tim Tszyu: Corruption claims overshadow weigh-in
Jeff Horn’s camp has sensationally raised concerns about possible corruption among the judges ahead of his highly-anticipated fight against Tim Tszyu on Wednesday night.
There was already plenty of drama at today’s weigh-in but that was quickly overshadowed by claims some judges would favour Tszyu in the all-Aussie blockbuster.
Tszyu came in at 69.1kg and Horn was late to the scales before eventually weighing in at 69.6kg, under the 69.85kg super welterweight limit.
Horn’s trainer Glenn Rushton then made explosive allegations about Tszyu having an unfair advantage heading into the bout because he has been training at a gym owned by one of the judges — who was a former cornerman for his famous father, ex-light welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu.
Rushton also alleged one of the judges had already predicted Tszyu would win via cuts.
“What has come to light is one of the judges have a strong opinion and has told a friend Tim will win,” Rushton said.
“That concerns me. When you have three judges and one expressed his opinion Tim would win, it’s not good.”
The three judges for the fight in North Queensland are Derek Milham, Chris Condon and Phil Holiday.
Condon reportedly owns the gym Tszyu has trained at, while Milham said Holiday had already apologised for suggesting Horn may lose.
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Aussie boxing will have a new king tomorrow night. Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu pose during the weigh-in for their WBO Global & IBF Australasian Super Welterweight title bout, at The Ville Casino on August 25, 2020 in Townsville, Australia. Picture: Ian Hitchcock/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Under boxing regulations, judges are not allowed to make public or private comments about an upcoming fight they are officiating so as to protect its integrity.
“He (Holiday) thought there was a danger of Jeff Horn being cut and losing the fight,” Milham said.
“He is really embarrassed and has apologised for this.
“There is no bias. Phil is a very good judge and he accepts he should never have said it.”
Tszyu’s promoter Matt Rose hit back at Team Horn, calling the allegations of favouritism a “low act” and saying it was “disgusting” to question the integrity of the judges, who he pointed out are all from Horn’s home state of Queensland.
Governing body the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) confirmed no judges would be swapped out for the fight.
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