She has been dubbed the Tim Tzu of Australian women’s boxing and now Tayla Robertson is looking to become the first woman from Down Under to earn a $1 million fight purse.
Still only 24, Robertson is looking to challenge for a world title later this year when he takes on the IBF bantamweight in Brisbane on November 5.
In addition to taking on Japanese knockout artist Chaoz Minowa, the rising star has also signed with the same stable management of Australia’s first UFC champion Robert Whittaker.
So, with fellow Australians Ebony Bridges and Shannon O’Connell fighting for the IBF bantamweight title later this year, Robertson insists he can still be the first to claim that elusive $1 million purse.
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In response to a query about the Australian woman Tzuyu’s designation, the Queenslander told Fox Sports Australia this week: “Like Tim, I want to be a household name in boxing in this country.
“And I know I’m not there yet.
“But still, I’m going in the right direction.
“And I feel like I was made for it.
“Since I started boxing, my goal has been to become the first Australian woman to win $1 million in a fight.
“Not in patronage, but struggle.
“I want to put myself in the history books.”
Boxing since the age of 10, Robertson turned pro in 2020 and has won all but one of his seven fights since then – including a controversial split decision loss to O’Connell last October.
In addition to moving up two weight classes for the fight, the fighter received death threats just days after his clash with the Australian heavyweight.
“I was fighting at bantamweight at the time because no one in Australia would fight me at my weight,” Robertson recalls. “Now that we’re getting to the higher rankings — going up against world-class opponents — I’m not going as high anymore.
“But at that stage I had to.
“And I remember before the fight people were saying that I was going to go kayoed in the first round and that I was going to be crippled… I was even receiving death threats.
“Shannon has angered her fans online by calling me a dirty rat and saying my career is an embarrassment.
“I didn’t say anything.
“But then I received death threats in my Instagram DMs.
“So for me, it was a fight to prove people wrong.”
While one judge scored the fight 97/94 to Robertson and another 96/94 to the opposition, a third judge scored it 99/92 to O’Connell.
“I don’t think that judge even watched it,” Robertson said. “I remember that he actually ate during the war.
“Obviously, it’s always going to be difficult to steal a fight in this situation because I was still a rookie, while Shannon, she was a big name.
“And I should have worked harder too.
“You can’t complain about a decision when it goes that far and it’s close.”
So, at the same time with Minova (7-3) in the elimination of his upcoming title?
“He’s a knockout artist,” Robertson says of a competitor who has earned all but one of his victories by KO.
“And while it’s hard to get too much information, I know he’s getting a lot right.
“He doesn’t really throw small shots.
“He sinks with his whole body.
“But if we beat him, we will be a must contender for the title. So I’m ready to go.”