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Nikita Tszyu dominates Danilo Creati as he goes the distance for the first time

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A boxing referee raises his fingers towards Nikita Tszyu during a fight.

Nikita Tszyu has overcome an unpleasant mid-fight moment to claim a unanimous points victory over Danilo Creati and retain his Australian super welterweight title at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

Tszyu (9-0, 8 KOs) caught Creati (8-2-1, 1 KO) with some powerful left jabs in the first round of Wednesday night’s clash, and the Italian-born challenger scored a knockdown against him in the second, when his glove grazed the canvas.

Watched by his older brother and former WBO junior middleweight champion Tim, who is reported to likely face American Vergil Ortiz in August, Nikita was victorious with scores of 100-88, 99-90 and 100- 89.

It looked like it was an early night for the champion earlier, as he continued to punish the challenger for the next two rounds after the knockdown, but Creati showed his toughness.

After landing several shots in the fifth, Creati rocked Tszyu with a big right hand in the sixth.

Tszyu says he “wasn’t worried” when Creati rocked him in the sixth round.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

He staggered the champion, but Creati could not continue and the opportunity to cause an upset passed, although the challenger still landed some good single blows throughout the fight.

“I wasn’t worried, in Hordern I did worse. They always shake me down here, what’s wrong with this place?” Tszyu said.

“It was great to get to 10 rounds, it was great to have that experience.”

Tszyu regained dominance in the later rounds, pummeling his opponent in the ninth and 10th, but Creati demonstrated tremendous conditioning and durability.

Tszyu was taken beyond the sixth round for the first time and Creati, whose only previous loss was to Michael Zerafa, maintained his proud record of never being stopped as a professional.

Earlier, Malik Zinad became the first Libyan to qualify for a professional world title fight with a classy performance in his 12-round majority points victory over New Zealander Jerome Pampellone.

Zinad, who improved to 22-0, showed good skills and a strong chin to earn the victory over Pampellone, who lost for the first time in 19 professional fights.

In a fight for the WBA women’s super flyweight world title, Sydney-based challenger Linn Sandstrom suffered a unanimous points defeat to Argentina’s Clara Lescurat.

The 35-year-old champion’s relentless body attack and quick combinations proved too much for Brazilian-born, Swedish-raised Sandstrom, who was brave but outmatched.

Lescurat, who made his fourth successful title defense, won by margins of four, eight and 10 points on the judges’ scorecards.

César Mateo Tapia won the WBO Latin middleweight title with a unanimous 10-round victory over Venezuelan Keiber González.

Tapia, who was born in Mexico, raised in Sydney and resides in Florida, improved his record to 17-0 and handed Gonzalez his first professional loss in 21 professional fights.

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