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Tszyu eyes bigger venues after boxing win

Tim Tszyu's handlers want to move him into two of Sydney's biggest venues after the exciting young boxer underlined his potential by winning the Australian Super Welterweight title.

The 24-year-old Sydneysider improved his record to 13-0 (10 KOs) with a convincing 10-round unanimous points decision over Victorian Joel Camilleri at The Star in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Tszyu's next fight is likely to be in August with his promoter Matt Rose looking to campaign him just in Sydney in the near future.

Rose confirmed the list of potential Australian opponents still included IBF No.12 Dwight Ritchie, Camilleri's stablemate Michael Zerafa, who Tszyu replaced in the WBA ratings, and former WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn, who was commentating from ringside on Wednesday.

Rose is looking at Sydney's largest indoor venue, Qudos Bank Arena, and the new Bankwest Stadium, which is built on the site of the old Parramatta Stadium where Tszyu's father Kostya made a successful super lightweight world title defence 23 years ago

"Tim is now rated No.15 in the world with the WBA and IBF and after tonight's performance he'll climb in the world ratings,'' Rose said.

"'We're pretty keen to bring the big fights to Sydney, that's one thing we really want to do, I believe there's a fanbase in Sydney for boxing

'We'd like to move out to Qudos very soon, we sold out here tonight, so we need a bigger venue.

"Bankwest is definitely on the radar, me and (Tszyu's manager) Glen (Jennings) have had that discussion and it's a dream to hold a world title there for Tim."

Tszyu said he had learnt more from fighting Camilleri than he had in all his previous bouts.

"It's a significant step in my career to defeat the Australian champion," Tszyu said.

"I got to test myself and learnt more about not just myself but about my soul and my heart.

"I know it's a long long long road ahead to the ultimate goal."

Also remaining unbeaten as a professional after Wednesday was heavyweight and former rugby league star Justin Hodges.

He scored his second quickfire win in as many fights, taking just 23 seconds to stop professional debutant Troy McMahon.

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