Tims meet the Baltic puncher his fifth fight back in 2008 at the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, county Kerry, winning a (59:57) six round decision and renews acquaintances with the experienced journey man in the Europa Hotel this coming Saturday.
The Clondalkin man is adamant that he was comfortable in victory almost eight years ago and almost took offence when asked if it was close, but he did admit he didn’t give Ziausys the respect he deserved.
That won’t be happening this time around, and he is expecting a competitive workout from a durable foe who has only been stopped twice in over 60 defeats.
“He is a durable lad and he was in with some good names,” Tims told Irish-Boxing.com ahead of his MGM debut.
“I think he was only stopped twice and was in with [heavyweight Dillian] Whyte, [Steve] Simmons and of course me.
“I underestimated him the last time and he came on strong, fair play to him, but it was a comfortable enough win. I won’t be underestimating him this time round and he is one of those lads you have to be careful of. That in itself is good. It is the type of fight you want. They said get the ring rust off, but he will give me a good enough fight.”
The Tank has banked two titles and challenged for the EU strap since the last time he fought the Lithuanian on the West coast nearly a decade ago. However, he feels tha injuries and a run of back luck prevented him from really fulfilling his potential. The 36 year old claims he feels fresh and fit now and is hopeful what he calls ‘the next chapter’ of his career will have a happier ending.
“I am feeling fit and apart from the odd niggle I am injury free. I am looking forward to the few rounds. I feel good and I am starting a new chapter,” he added.
“I will take it one step at a time. MGM have said a few fights to get the ring rust off and then we kick on. I will take it one fight at a time for now, but once I am fit I don’t think there is anyone out there in England or Ireland I can’t beat. The cruiserweight division is building nicely and there are the likes of Tommy McCarthy and Simmons there as possible fights.”
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