Kostya Tszyu, one of only three undisputed world champions, puts his 140-pound title on the line against Ben Tackie in a Showtime Boxing card Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Tszyu (28-1-1, 23 KO) of Sydney, Australia, added the IBF belt to his WBC and WBA title with a second-round TKO over favored Zab Judah at Mandalay last November. The Russian native is making his 15th appearance in a world title fight, having won his last 10 including nine by knockout.
Tackie (24-2, 15 KO) of Accra, Ghana, has won six of his last seven fights including the past three. His last bout was a fifth-round TKO in January over Teddy Reid to capture the USBA 140-pound crown. The undercard features the NABF welterweight champ Oba Carr against the No. 6 rated WBO junior middleweight Kuvanych Toygonbayev in a 10-round clash. The bouts will be seen on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET and PT. Fight time is 6 p.m. PT.
Rampart offers deals
Rampart Casino at the Resort at Summerlin will be offering deals to bettors who wager on dog racing and baseball.
A free can of dog food will be distributed with your first bet. Races at Hollywood and Flagler Greyhound Tracks begin nightly at 4:30 p.m. Wagering available include quinellas, daily doubles, trifectas and win-place.
Rampart is also offering full-run baseball teasers. The breakdown of payoffs is as follows: 2 teams: Bet $10, Win $10 plus your bet back; 3 teams: Bet $10, Win $16 plus your bet back; 4 teams: Bet $10 and win $30 plus your bet back; 5 teams: Bet $10 and win $50 plus your bet back; 6 teams: Bet $10 and win $80 plus your original bet back.
Orleans card Friday
The Orleans Mardi Gras Ballroom will feature a 12-round NABA championship fight between Kinsley Ikeke and Marlin Hayes to headline a seven-bout card.
Ikeke (14-1, 7 KO) is from Toronto, Canada. Hayes (21-1, 12 KO) fights out of Newark, N.J.
Hilton books heavies
Cedric Kushner Promotions will feature two heavyweight bouts Saturday, May 25 at the Hilton Center.
Terrance Lewis faces Robert Davis in one bout, and DaVarryl Williams opposes Dale Crowe in the other main event.
Four undercard bouts and a women’s fight are also planned. Also, welterweight Anthony Thompson, a 3-time national amateur champ, will make his Las Vegas debut. Tickets range from $25 to $45.