Nikita Tszyu motivated by success of boxing brother Tim
Not a Tyson Fury fan-boy, Nikita Tszyu says his boxing inspiration comes solely from his older brother and world title hope Tim.
Tszyu is set to have his sixth professional fight on Wednesday night, taking on highly rated Victorian youngster Benjamin Bommber at Margaret Court Arena, with both super welterweight boxers unbeaten.
Bommber put the fight in doubt by failing to make weight on Tuesday afternoon.
While Tszyu weighed in at the limit of 69.85kg, Bommber tipped the scales at 70.3kg.
But after a quick trip to the sauna the 21-year-old returned and weighed in at 69.5kg, getting the green light to fight.
The pair are part of a co-main event also featuring heavyweights, former world champion Kiwi Joseph Parker and Queensland's Faiga 'Django' Opelu.
Parker has WBC heavyweight champion Fury in his corner, with the brash Brit flying to Australia to support his close friend and long-time sparring partner as well as scope out venues for his own fight.
While the Gypsy King has a huge following, Tszyu, the son of boxing great Kostya, said Fury was just another boxer.
"I see him more as another person; we're all humans, we're all equal so I can appreciate the things that he's done for the sport but I'm not a fan," the 25-year-old told AAP.
But one person Tszyu does look up to is Tim, three years his elder.
With a 22-0, 16KO record, the older Tszyu will attempt to overcome Mexican Carlos Ocampo on the Gold Coast next month before setting his sights on a twice-delayed undisputed world title fight against American Jermell Charlo.
Nikita said Tim provided a "blue-print" for his own boxing career, which is his full focus after finishing his architectural studies.
He said fighting domestically and climbing the rankings is his immediate priority.
"Tim's a big inspiration for me, he is a big motivator, I see him working every single day," Nikita said.
"The mindset and dedication that he has to the sport is a great blueprint to have and he's someone I learn a lot from and I look up to a lot.
"He gives me advice when I don't think I need it - he will tell me bluntly if I'm doing something wrong, and it's a very vital thing to have."
Bommber has been working in Las Vegas with respected American trainer Rodney Crisler, who arrived in Melbourne after helping Devin Haney retain his belts against Vasiliy Lomachenko on the weekend.
The 21-year-old, rated a massive outsider at $9.50, said he was ready to shock Tszyu.
"I've been preparing my whole life for this, I've been training, but just to be able to go overseas and spar with those calibre fighters in the US has definitely upped my game even more," Bommber told AAP.
"He (Crisler) brings a lot of experience, he's had a lot of world champions and he's been in a lot of big fights so he's been very good."