Kostya Tszyu returns to the ring tonight
42-year old Kostya Tszyu, the 'Thunder from down under' makes his long awaited return to the ring tonight - but not as a boxer.
The big punching retired light-welter will instead be carrying the bucket as he leads Russian cruiserweight Denis Lebedev into war against his long term friend Roy Jones Junior tonight in Moscow.
"In some ways it's easier, because I don't get hit in the face and it's not painful," Tszyu told The Daily Telegraph in Australia.
"(But) when he makes mistakes, I can't help him. That is the most difficult part."
Born in Serov, Russia but now based in Sydney Australia the former stand out amateur star has a small professional record of just 31-2 but he knocked cold 25 of those who faced him.
Tszyu fought for an IBF world title in just his 14th fight, travelling to Las Vegas to smash Jake 'The Snake' Rodriguez. Flooring the champion twice in the opening round, Tszyu knocked him out in the 6th.
Wins over Julio Ceasar Chavez and Roger Mayweather take second place to destructive victories over then-unbeaten Zab Judah and the war with Diosbelys Hurtado remain must view fights for any boxing fan.
Kostya talks about his Judah win:-