Tszyu vs Mitchell: Two Weeks To Go

10.22.04 - By Kostya Tszyu: Finally, the time has come and this weekend I leave my home in Sydney, Australia and travel to Phoenix, Arizona in the USA for the final preparations for my return to the ring against Sharmba Mitchell. It seems such a long time since my last fight, but everything happens for a reason. When you have to struggle for anything it makes victory much more enjoyable. The challenge this time is not only the fight itself, but overcoming the Achilles and shoulder injuries that I have suffered over the last two years.

I am very happy to say that I've never been so fit at this time of my preparation. I'm already skinnier than I've ever been. It wasn't easy. I just did a little sacrificing and I'm proud of it. This fight is probably going to be my toughest challenge, I'm not saying it's going to be the toughest fight, but I am expecting a hard fight. There are no excuses for me. I believe in myself. I believe in my ability. I have not one bit of doubt. I am going to win the fight.

I want to thank my team around me for all their help with my preparation and to all of you who have sent me messages of support, they make me even more determined to return to the ring and prove to everyone that I am the undisputed super lightweight champion of the world.

If you are still interested in travelling from anywhere in the world to Phoenix to see me in action at the Glendale Arena as part of the “Official Tszyu Crew Tour”, contact the tour operator “Great Events” this week.

“Great Events”
Mr Kerry Phillips
110a Belford St (PO Box 4)
Broadmeadow NSW 2292
Phone: 61 2 4961 0800
Fax: 61 2 4961 0855

For those unable to make it to the fight in person, a reminder that in the USA you will be able to watch on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing from 9:00pm on the East Coast and West Coast on Saturday, November 6. It will also be screened live into Australia from 12:00 midday on Sunday, November 7 AEDT in homes on Main Event Television and at participating Austar, Sky Channel and Fox Sports Pub/Club outlets. For other countries around the world, please see your local television guides.

I am also very happy to announce today that Oakley – - have become a new sponsor for me. They are a very innovative and professional company who I am very proud to be associated with. Their large range of action sports products are of great quality and they have fantastic manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles.

It is pleasing to see so many of the Tszyu Crew in the Forum over the last few weeks and I have been enjoying reading all of our web chats. There will be great activity at the website over the next two weeks in the lead up to the fight and we have lots of KT merchandise available in our on-line store.

A reminder about the “Thunderstruck” memorabilia piece by my friends at Champions Original Memorabilia. If you are interested in purchasing one please see their website link today -

The countdown to fight night is on and I have great desire to settle my “Unfinished Business” with Sharmba Mitchell. I can tell you that I will enter the ring at my very best.

Remember the Tszyu Crew rules always!

Your champion,

Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion of the World
Kostya Tszyu

Article posted on 22.10.2004

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