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‘It was curtains’: Corridor of Famer’s beautiful prediction for ‘clone’ Tszyu earlier than world title battle – Fox Sports activities


Los Angeles: Joe Goossen, proper now, is watching precisely what as soon as made him rush a boxing ring in El Paso, Texas.

“It’s that left hand to the liver,” says the Corridor of Fame coach, nodding over to the place Tim Tszyu is sweating by means of one other exercise inside his famed Los Angeles fitness center.

“It’s so just like the previous man.

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“Left to the physique, to the top … he would possibly as effectively be a clone.”

Then after a brief pause, Goossen provides: “I feel Tim has the previous man’s proper too.

“And Kostya Tszyu, nice frickin’ proper. When he hit you with that factor … it was curtains.”

Seated now on a tall picket stool inside his Ten Goose Boxing fitness center, considered one of America’s sharpest battle minds is explaining to Fox Sports activities Australia what it’s prefer to see a ghost.

Or shut sufficient.

With the undefeated Tszyu, as a part of preparations for his blockbuster world title showdown with Jermell Charlo on January 29 in Las Vegas, now coaching day by day out of Goossen’s fitness center.

Higher, and round 5 o’clock every afternoon, this champion coach who additionally now doubles as a Fox Sports activities analyst will lock stated base down so the offspring of that fighter he as soon as ready towards himself can prepare away from prying eyes.

“And for the son of Kostya Tszyu – something,” he says.

Which once more, is all about that ghost.

With the coach recalling how 24 years in the past, he was compelled into the ring to make sure considered one of his personal favorite fighters, former IBF light-weight champ Rafael Ruelas – a cost he had educated since childhood – copped no extra from Australia’s ‘Thunder From Down Underneath’.

Again then, Kostya Tszyu was nonetheless solely 28 – and on the cusp of sporting greatness.

Which is why after watching him dominate Ruelas by means of eight rounds, Goossen then rushed the ring early within the ninth and waved it off.

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“And you recognize me, I’m all for late spherical knockouts,” says the coach whose purchasers have included the likes of Riddick Bowe, Shane Mosley, Amir Khan and Diego Corrales.

A person too, who has simply been introduced as a 2023 Boxing Corridor of Fame inductee – becoming a member of the likes of Timothy Bradley, Rafael Marquez and Carl Froch.

A coach who, put merely, has by no means given up.

“However as a coach, it’s important to know when to carry ‘em and know when to fold ‘em,” the now 69-year-old continues.

“And that evening, Kostya Tszyu got here with a complete new mission.”

Watching the youthful Tszyu proceed to work as he speaks, Goossen explains how the Ruelas battle got here just one yr after Kostya’s first loss – towards American Vince Phillips.

“And this was our drawback,” he concedes.

“After that loss to Phillips, Kostya went completely into exercise trainers, power trainers, dietitians, every thing.

“He entered his prime, constructed an empire of specialists round him … after which we bought him.”

Importantly, he provides, Ruelas was additionally nearing the tip of his personal profession when he walked out for the WBC gentle welterweight title eliminator.

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“Rafael had jammed nearly 60 fights into lower than 10 years,” Goossen says of the person who additionally confronted Oscar De La Hoya for the IBF and WBO straps.

“It’s a whole lot of fights.

“So understanding that, it was a figuring out issue (in dashing the ring).

“Identical as the very fact Kostya was nonetheless wanting as sharp within the eighth, then ninth as he did within the first.

“He simply wasn’t slowing down.

“Which is why I ended it.”

Not that, initially, his cost agreed.

“Rafael was very upset that I bought into the ring,” Goossen remembers.

“Simply take a look at the tape, he turns to me like ‘what are you doing in right here?’.

“However wanting again later, he understood he would’ve needed to knock Kostya out.

“It was a troublesome battle.”

Tellingly, the outcome additionally goes an extended option to explaining what Goossen sees this specific Friday night inside an nearly empty battle fitness center.

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“And clearly,” the coach says, once more wanting towards Tim Tszyu. “As a result of this can be a fighter whose father taught him every thing.

“And pa wasn’t going to show him Sugar Ray Leonard’s model.

“He taught Kostya Tszyu model.

“It labored for him and now it’s working for Tim too.”

The truth is, there is just one distinction between the 2 that actually perturbs this impending Corridor Of Famer.

“It’s the names,” he laughs. “And that quantum leap from Kostya to Tim.

“How does that occur?

“For me, that’s the most important query of all of them.”

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