Tim Tszyu’s dream comes true when Jermell Charlo gives him a title shot with the undisputed super welterweight crown on the line
- Aussie gets chance to grab Charlo’s WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA belts
- Bout will likely be held in America before the end of the year
- Tszyu can follow in Father Kostya’s footsteps by unifying the division with a win
Tim Tszyu’s boxing world title shot was fired after the Australian agreed to terms for his fight with undisputed super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo.
Tszyu has been the WBO’s No.1 mandatory challenger for more than a year, prompting the sanctioning body to intervene following Charlo’s victory over Brian Castano last month.
Also the holder of the WBC, IBF and WBA belts, Charlo’s wins California elevates the 32-year-old to boxing immortality as only the seventh man in the 18-year-old, four-belt era to claim all major belts in one division.
Now, Tszyu can confirm all four at once to WBA president Paco Valcarcel the fight, which is likely to happen in the United States by the end of this year.
Tszyu (photo defeated Terell Gausha in March) could win all four super-welterweight belts if he defeats Charlo later this year
The undisputed champion scored a 10th-round knockout from Brian Castano to become only the seventh undisputed champion in the last 18 years
A time and place should be confirmed by June 20 in what appears to be an enormous few months for the sport.
A high-profile match-up between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin is scheduled for September, while Terence Crawford is finally set to fight Errol Spence Jr. for the undisputed welterweight championship later this year.
“They told us they have an agreement and that they are looking for a date because big fights are coming and this is one of them,” Valcarcel told ESPN Knockout.
Charlo (35-1-1, 19KO) is ranked among the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Defeating Charlo will be an enormous mountain to climb for Tszyu, with the American rated as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet
In addition to his WBO rankings no. 2, Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) is also ranked No. 2 in the WBC and no. 3 in the IBF.
Tszyu has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his father Kostya, who united the light-welterweight division in 2001 with a knockout of the second round of the American Zab Judah in Las Vegas.
His promoters of No Limit Boxing promise to do everything to bring his fight to Australia, but the blockbuster will almost certainly take place in the US – and possibly even at the MGM Grand where Kostya Tszyu defeated the previously undefeated Judah KOs 21 years ago.
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