Tim Tszyu vs. Terrell Gausha March 26 on Showtime

Top super welterweight contender and rising star Tim Tszyu will make his long-awaited United States debut when he takes on United States Olympian Terrell Gausha in a 12-round showdown that will headline the live action. on SHOWTIME on Saturday, March 26 from The Armory in Minneapolis in a Premier Boxing Event of Champions.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and will feature undefeated lightweight contender Michel Rivera dueling fellow undefeated Joseph “Blessed Hands” Adorno in the 10-round co-main event, as well as hard-hitting super lightweight contender Elvis Rodríguez takes on Juan José Velasco in the first televised 10-round match.

“Tim Tszyu has climbed the rankings and established himself as a serious contender at the top of the loaded 154-pound division, and he will be looking to make a splash in the United States when he takes on the highly skilled and experienced Terrell Gausha,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions. “The action will unfold throughout this roster, as lightweight phenom Michel Rivera takes on the undefeated Joseph Adorno, while Elvis Rodríguez looks to continue his rise in the lightweight division against the ever-tough Juan José Velasco. .”

Tickets for the event, promoted by TGB Promotions, No Limit Boxing and Warriors Boxing, are on sale now and can be purchased at The Armory at http://ArmoryMN.com/ and through Ticketmaster.

The son of former unified champion Kostya, Tim Tszyu (20-0, 15 KOs) has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most promising contenders at 154 pounds. Tszyu headlines SHOWTIME following in his father’s footsteps after Kostya competed 10 times on the network, including memorable knockouts of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Zab Judah. Fighting from his native Sydney, Australia, Tszyu will make his United States debut on March 26 after earning his first 20 professional victories in his home country. The 27-year-old went the 12-round distance for the first time in his last fight, dominating Takeshi Inoue on his way to a unanimous decision in November 2021. The decision win came after Tszyu earned stoppages in eight of his ten previous outings.

“I’m very excited to fight in the United States, especially on SHOWTIME, where my dad has been featured for most of his career,” Tszyu said. “I am proud and excited to continue as Tszyu with SHOWTIME. Once I take care of Gausha, I will come for the title.

A member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, Gausha (22-2-1, 11 KOs) was born in Cleveland, Ohio but now fights in Encino, Calif., where he’s trained by Manny Robles and Prenice Brewer. The 34-year-old has faced stiff competition throughout his career, having fought former champion Austin Trout to a draw in 2019 in addition to decision losses to former champion Erislandy Lara and the best competitor Erickson Lubin. Gausha showed improved power in his last fight, stopping rising contender Jamontay Clark in two rounds in March 2021.

“I’ve been ready for this fight for a long time,” Gausha said. “I came into this game to be world champion and fight the best. I expect Tim to be in great shape and I will also be in my best shape to put on a great fight for the fans. My coaches prepare me perfectly for the kind of fight I have to fight so that I can leave the ring victorious.

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and now fighting in Miami, Fla. Rivera (22-0, 14 KOs) burst onto the scene in 2019, making his US debut with a win over Rene Tellez Giron on SHOBOX: THE NEXT GENERATION®. The 23-year-old continued his rise in 2020, adding a stoppage win over Fidel Maldonado Jr. and a unanimous decision triumph over lightweight contender LaDarius Miller. Rivera carried his dominance into 2021 with three more wins, including a stoppage of Anthony Mercado in February before delivering a knockout of Jon Fernandez in July on SHOWTIME. He recently scored a unanimous decision shutout against Matias Romero in October.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to show my skills again against a high quality opponent in Joseph Adorno,” Rivera said. “I am ready to face anyone who wants to challenge me until my time comes to fight for the world title. My goal is to be victorious on March 26 and then face Gervonta Davis for his title. With every fight, I get closer to that goal. I can’t wait to show off all the hard work I put into this camp on fight night.

Adorno (14-0-2, 12 KOs) has fought to a draw in each of his last two fights, dropping fellow undefeated Jamaine Ortiz twice in April 2021 after facing Héctor “Guadaña” García in January 2020. The 22-year-old was born in Union City, New Jersey and now resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania, having fought in nearby Philadelphia five times during his career. Adorno turned pro in 2016 at the age of 17 after a stellar amateur career where he amassed a 178-22 record and twice beat Shakur Stevenson’s. He’s had knockout victories in nine of his first 10 professional fights.

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“This fight is a chance for me to show my true talents,” Adorno said. “I’m not taking anything away from Rivera, but I know I’ll be the best fighter on March 26. I’m working with a new trainer, Raúl ‘Chino’ Rivas, who has trained many talented fighters, and I’m ready to introduce myself. looking my best. I’m more focused than ever and I’m not going to pass up this opportunity. Everyone better be ready for a show on March 26th.

Rodríguez (12-1-1, 11 KOs) bounced back from his first career loss, a majority decision loss to Kenneth Sims Jr., to knock out undefeated Juan Pablo Romero on the Canelo vs. Plant SHOWTIME PPV undercard ® in November. The 26-year-old has burst onto the scene with knockout wins in 10 of his first 11 fights and has an impressive five wins in 2020. Originally from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Rodríguez now lives in Los Angeles.

“March 26 is another step towards my world championship goal,” Rodríguez said. “I am fighting a tough veteran fighter who has faced some top level competition. I stayed in camp until Christmas to be 100% ready for this fight. Winning on March 26 means a lot to my career and hopefully a win will put me in contention for a title shot this year. I want to show the world that I’m ready for the big names in the division.

Velasco, 34 (23-2, 14 KOs), enters this fight on a three-fight winning streak, having recently earned a split decision victory over Zachary Ochoa in February 2021. Hailing from Jujuy, Argentina, Velasco has tangled with some of the toughest fighters in the 140-pound division, including former champions Mario Barrios and Regis Prograis. Velasco will fight in the United States for the fifth time on March 26.

“I’m very honored to be on a great card like this,” Velasco said. “It’s actually the second time I’ve prepared to face Rodríguez, so I know what I’m up against. He’s going to come into the right 100%, just like me. May the best man win on March 26.