Kostya Tszyu was born on the 19th of September 1969 in Serov, a town near the Ural Mountains, in the former Soviet Union. The son of a Korean and Mongol-descent father, a fitter in a metal factory, and a Russian mother, a nurse, Kostya is a Russian-born Australian boxer of mixed Russian, Korean and Mongol descent, holding both Russian and Australian citizenship. His amateur career, with a 259-11 record, included a Gold Medal at the 1989 European Championships and Bronze Medal in the same year at the World Amateur Championships before taking Gold Medals in both events in 1991.
Kostya turned professional in 1992 with a career record including 31 wins (25 by knockout), 2 losses and one no contest. In world title bouts, he was 15-2. During his illustrious career, Kostya became the four-time world Junior Welterweight champion, including a period of time as the Undisputed World Boxing Champion who unified the WBC, WBA and IBF World Championship belts, the first time this had been done in more than 30 years.
On June the 12th 2011, Kostya was inducted into the prestigious International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is only the 4th Australian to achieve this honour and the first Russian ever. After being inducted into the Hall of Fame he teamed up with Author/Screenwriter Dustin Warburton for the sole purpose of conveying good lessons to children based on his own experiences as a world class athlete.
He is a loving father, devoted husband, and is very active in helping children across the world. Kostya released his first children’s book in 2013, “Bullies Aren’t Scary,” in 2013written by Kostya Tszyu and Dustin Warburton with illustrations by Dan Monroe.
UPDATE: 3 May 2016 – unfortunately Kostya has had to postpone his appearance in June. He sends his apologies and hopes to meet fans again at a future Supanova.