Kostya Tszyu, Russian boxer
Kostya Tszyu is a famous Russian and Australian boxer, who has achieved impressive success. He is a three-time the USSR champion (1989-1991), two-time European champion (1989, 1991) and World Champion (1991), the absolute World Champion among professionals, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1991).
Kostya was born on September 19, 1969 in the small provincial town of Serov, located in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia. His parents were ordinary Soviet people and were quite far from professional sports. Father of a talented boy worked as a metallurgist and mother devoted herself to medicine.
In 1979, Kostya was engaged in boxing. After six months of sports training the boy began to win. In 1985, he became the champion of the RSFSR.
In 1986, Kostya entered Sverdlovsk Engineering Pedagogical Institute, but left it in February 1987.
In 1989, Konstantin won USSR boxing championship and became a winner of the European championship.
In 1990 and 1991, the talented athlete won the championship of the Soviet Union twice and was the winner of several international competitions.
In 1990, he managed to win the gold medal at the Goodwill Games in Seattle, U.S.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1992, Tszyu emigrated to Australia and became an Australian citizen.
Kostya Tszyu is one of the strongest athletes in the world in his weight class. Such famous athletes as Jesse Leija, Juan Laporte, Zab Judah, Cesar Chavez, Ismael Chavez were defeated by the Russian- Australian athlete. All these, and many other bright victories brought Tszyu huge fame and international recognition in the world of boxing.
282 fights – 270 victories
In Ring Magazine’s March 2010 issue, Tszyu was ranked as the number one junior welterweight of the decade (2000s).
In June 2011, he was included into boxing Hall of Fame. Sylvester Stallone and Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez were also included in it on the same day as Tszyu.
The world’s only clothing boutique “Kostya Tszyu by Concellence” was opened in February 2011 in Yekaterinburg. The boutique provides several lines of clothing: sportswear, shorts, sweatshirts and pants for sports, jeans, shirts, T-shirts for men and women.
In 2012, Tszyu graduated from the Ural Federal University.
After his career as a fighter Konstantin started coaching. Such famous boxers as Denis Lebedev, Alexander Povetkin, Habib Allahverdiyev were his students.
Konstantin spent his own money on opening a number of sports schools in Russia.
The athlete participated in such projects as “Kostya Tszyu. Be the first”, “Australia’s Next Top Model”, “Dancing with the Stars”, etc.
In addition Kostya also played several cameo roles in Australian television series.
In 1992 Konstantin emigrated to Australia with his girlfriend, Natasha Anikina, where they married on September 24, 1993. He and Natalia lived together for more than 20 years. They have three children (two sons and a daughter).
In recent years, Kostya has a love affair with Tatiana Averina.
Kostya’s official website www.kostyatszyu.ru