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America applauded Tim Tszyu despite his bloody defeat

He may have lost his first professional fight, but Tim Tszyu gained a truckload of new admirers after his brutal loss to Sebastian Fundora.

Undefeated in 24 fights heading into the Las Vegas world title showdown, Tszyu started well against his much larger opponent before a brutal gash to the front of his head changed everything.

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Many felt the fight should have been stopped, but the ringside doctor gave Tszyu the OK and the Australian fought bravely before losing a split decision.

Tszyu didn’t seem shocked when the result was confirmed and he immediately credited his American opponent.

“I told you I was an old fighter from the past,” he said. “I couldn’t see, but all the credit goes to the man who won tonight.

“The momentum was rolling in the first two laps and then boom, you’re completely blindsided.

“It’s boxing. These things happen, it’s part of the sport. Congratulations to Fundora, he is the new king at 154 (pounds).

This response garnered a lot of applause from the boxing community.

“Tszyu all class. No complaints. Credits Fundora,” tweeted famed boxing writer Dan Raphael.

In another tweet, Raphael wrote: “Gotta respect Tim Tszyu. He could have easily gotten a no contest before the end of the 4th round with blood in his eyes. I fought like a warrior. Respect.”

Many other people paid tribute to the 29-year-old son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu.

“Tim deserves a rematch!” » was a comment on X, formerly Twitter.

“Luckily he cut off his head. Tim was going to win this. Rematch,” wrote another.

“Tszyu is really classy, ​​he didn’t lose but he didn’t complain,” added a third.

Tszyu continued to unleash powerful punches despite the gash and blood constantly covering his eyes, delivering 136-101.

But Fundora was the most active, throwing almost double as many punches as Tszyu, although he only landed 19 more on the Australian.

In the end the judges were divided, one awarded it to Tszyu 116-112, while the other two awarded it to Fundora 116-112 and 115-113.

There was speculation immediately after the fight as to whether a rematch clause was in the contract, with Fundora stating in the ring that he was happy to face former unified welterweight champion Errol Spence.

As for who will be next, Tszyu said: “I will fight anyone, anytime, even Errol Spence is there. I’m going to fight him too. Even Terence Crawford.

“You want a good fight, you know who to call.”

No one watching this epic could argue with that.

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