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For each of Nikita Tszyu’s three fights in his budding boxing career, he adopted a different style of preparation.

His first was to fight, the second was to show off his frightening knockout power, and the third was to “overcome” the “little hiccups” he was having with his health.

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Now Tszyu (3-0, 2KO) is taking a more ‘tactical’ approach against Darkon Dryden (4-0, 4KO) and it’s all about emulating one of the greatest to ever lace up the gloves: Floyd’ Money’Mayweather.

“My favorite fighter is Mayweather,” Tszyu said.

“His approach to the sport is to hit and don’t get hit. He’s mastered it and his way of fighting is beautiful. I feel when I imitate him during training sessions, I get that skill boost .

“Him and Jaron Ennis, who is an absolute monster in the welterweight division, Terence Crawford, these fighters are extremely skilled on their feet, they are elusive with their movements but they can hit you in times when you don’t expect to be touched.”

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It’s certainly a different approach to what Tszyu has produced in the past, where he wanted to emulate Errol Spence Jr.’s style where he was “constantly walking through people”, but for the 24-year-old, “this is not something that suits me very well.

Instead, the youngest member of the famous boxing family is still determined to ‘break someone’, but against Dryden, Tszyu wants to destroy him in the ‘mental battle’.

“When you can see someone’s eyes completely losing hope and you can feel them struggling and hating life, that’s the most satisfying style for me and the style I love the most,” Tszyu said. .

“Asking whether they want to be in the ring or not. That’s the kind of thing you do by taking all their tools away from them and making it easy.

Tszyu plans to do just that in Dryden on Saturday at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, although the two have contrasting beliefs as to how the fight will end.

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Dryden is adamant he finishes Tszyu before the final bell, but the latter is rubbing his hands at the prospect of dragging the fight to the judges’ scorecards.

Simply because Tszyu knows his rival has never been in “deep water” before, having finished all four of his previous fights in two rounds.

“He never had to dig deep,” Tszyu said.

“Three rounds is for amateurs, it’s not a problem. You can hit continuously for three rounds. But it’s in those later rounds that you can really start breaking someone down.

“When you watch the top guys do it, you see the early laps, they feel it, and then the pace starts picking up after the final ones. By the time the fight is in the sixth round, you can see that someone is already dismantled.

“It’s something he’s never had to face. I had to deal with it by doing it to myself in my last fight. I’m ready to take him to deep waters and go fishing with him.

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