By Brian Webber: Tim Tszyu says he’s ready to shock the world by defeating unbeaten middleweight champion Jermell Charlo on January 28.
#1 WBO Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) is not worried that boxing fans and media members doubt his ability to defeat the four-belt champion Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs).
Obviously, Tszyu, 27, will have to fight harder than he did in his last fight against Terrell Gausha last March in Minneapolis.
Tszyu was surprised in the first round by Gausha, and suffered a loss in the 12th round with scores of 114-113, 116-111, and 115-112.
It’s disappointing that Tszyu has so many problems hitting Gausha because that’s someone Jermell can destroy with no problem.
Tszyu had to focus on his safety to avoid being hit by Charlo because he opened his mouth wide. He doesn’t move his head, and he walks in a lot of punches.
Well, Tszyu could use more experience before taking on Charlo, but he won’t have the chance. If he can face some of these fighters, it will give him some seasoning before he challenges Jermell for his four belts:
- Sebastian Fundora
- Israel Madrid
- Erickson Lubin
- Tony Harrison
- Danny Garcia
- Brian Castano
- Charles Conwell
“I don’t care about it. I’m focusing on myself,” Tim Tszyu told Fight Hub TV when asked about Jermell Charlo. “I just want to be the best version of myself. I couldn’t care less what Jermell is going through.
“I didn’t just take the world champion. I take the best in the ratio, and that’s what I want. I want to set these goals high and go after them.
“That’s my goal,” Tszyu said when asked if he plans to move up in weight. “Right now, all I’m thinking about is the undisputed middleweight championship, but finally, I’m moving up in weight.
“It’s a lot of sacrifice and being away from my friends, but it will all be worth it in the end,” Tszyu said of his trip to the United States soon to begin training for his Jan. 28 fight against Jermell Charlo.
“Four bails, it’s not good. A big step in the direction I want to go,” said Tszyu about what will make him beat Charlo. “It’s not the end of the journey.
“My father is a busy man, but he will be there for the fight. It’s exactly when I want him there for the fight.
“No disrespect to anyone but my IQ,” Tszyu said when asked what he brought to the Charlo fight that other fighters didn’t. “I will bring the best version of myself and be the best that I can be.
“If people think you won’t do it, prove them all wrong. It really depends on where the big fights are. That’s what I’m looking for,” Tszyu said when asked how long he plans to stay at 154.
“I’ll be interested in big fights and big names, something where you wake up in the morning, and it’s worth living. Life is about the thrill, the journey, and the process. That’s what I’m into.