The ring announcer at Australia’s fight of the year between Tim Tszyu and Jeff Horn made an extraordinary blunder before the highly-anticipated clash.
James O’Shea got tongue twisted as he tried to introduce the two fighters to the sold out crowd of 16,000 at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
‘Australia, we have waited a long time for this,’ he told the hyped up crowd.
‘It’s Tim Horn up against Jeff Horn. Who will be crowned the king of Australian boxing?’
The embarrassing but hilarious blunder from the normally silver-tongued presenter was subject to a wave of jokes on social media.
‘Who against who?’ one Twitter user wrote.
‘I’ll chuck the house on Horn thanks mate.’
‘He had one job!’ others said.
Despite the mistake, the evening lived up to the hype.
Tszyu has stepped out of the sizeable shadow of his father and reclaimed his titles by dominating Horn in their super welterweight title fight.
The son of boxing hall-of-famer Kostya Tszyu controlled Wednesday night’s bout throughout, and made Horn – who beat the great Manny Pacquiao in 2017 – look second rate.
The 25-year-old’s victory sees him regain the IBF Australasian super welterweight and WBO Global super welterweight titles, and he was promoted to No. 9 in BoxRec’s global rankings for that weight division.
Horn was brave and withstood plenty of punishment but offered little threat, and was reduced to grappling and trying to frustrate his opponent before his corner threw in the towel after eight rounds.
As Horn, 32, sat exhausted on his stool in the corner, his trainer and manager Glenn Rushton asked him ‘do you have a punch left in you’ and told Horn it was his call to make.
As others in the corner said the fight should be stopped, Horn briefly shook his head before Rushton turned to the referee and said his fighter could not continue.
After the fight, Tszyu made it clear that he was now a top fighter in his own right, and no longer known only as the son of Hall-of-Famer Kostya Tszyu.
‘My name is Tim, not ‘the son’ (of Kostya). Remember my name,’ he said in the post match interview.
‘Jeff has achieved so much, I respect him, he is a tough competitor, but this is a young man’s sport. I’m not here to sink, I’m here to swim.’