By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBO #1 rated super welterweight Tim Tszyu’s promoter George Rose has indicated that undisputed IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO champion Jermell Charlo is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks whether to defend against Tszyu or vacate the WBO championship.
“Let’s hope he fancies it,” said Rose. “He has been very open about perceived weaknesses he thinks he saw when Tszyu made his US debut and after his own performance against Castaño he must be full of confidence. If Charlo truly sees no threat in Tszyu, he has an easy call to make – don’t vacate and run away – fight him for all your belts. C’mon Jermell, let’s make the fight!”
The fight could be targeted for September or October, most likely in the USA.
The ball is in charlo’s court now.
If he believes it’s an easy fight then just make it happen.
I for one think Charlo has the skillset to win, but he needs to fight cautiously as I also think Tszyu has the power to hurt him.
Should be an interesting matchup.
After seeing the last Charlo fight I don’t think Tim is at this level yet,he needs to fight a couple more top5 ranked opponents . Charlo is at another level and will destroy him within 6 rounds. Yes I think Tim has been fast tracked because of his last name unfortunately. Just my view
He has Tszyu as a mandatory and he has Fundora who, I think, the WBC made full interim champion after he beat Lubin. I’m thinking Fundora would appreciate having another fight before going after Charlo and there’s also the winner of the Madrimov – Soro rematch and I don’t think the IBF has a mandatory challenger just yet. But that’s technically three fights that Charlo inherits as undisputed champion and there isn’t really a huge fight in the division unless someone comes up. So Tszyu might actually be his best option, because there isn’t really anything going on up at 160. He isn’t going to fight his brother, they have to figure out what’s going on with Andrade and Alimkhanuly and GGG is busy.
I really want to see this fight happen.
Charlo can do whatever he wants. He’s earned it. I personally don’t think Tszyu has done enough to earn an opportunity like that. Tim needs to go fight for an interim belt or something or get in line. Jermell is absolutely a shot caller now. He has proven all he needs to.
Joe, good points. I personally think Charlo will beat Tszyu simply on Charlo’s use of angles, athleticism, and power in the right hand. Tsyzu needs to work on his defense better as he tends to sit straight up with his head and is often flat footed when he punches. That flaw alone makes him a sitting target for Charlo’s arsenal. Tszyu needs more fights, more time, and most of all, more experience to handle Charlo’s onslaught of skills.
Joe, I completely agree with your comments. Tim has beaten one boxer of note, needs experience at higher level. He’s looked good against B level fighters and wants to jump to a AAA level fighter in Charlo. Be careful what you ask for.
Get in line ??? He is the mandatory!!!
I am OK with this Charlo / Zoo fight…..
Lets see it.. why not?
Would love to see Charlo take this fight! I think his skill set and experience is far and away better than Tim’s! I see Charlo by TKO in this one!!
Damn can the MF enjoy his win?
Easy money for Charlo
Thanks Scoob & Pugilist prime.
I like Tim Tszyu and appreciate that he’s calling out the bigger names but he and his team are delusional.
Most of these undisputed guys had to beat champion after champion after champion. I’m not saying Charlo is the greatest but we have to respect him. He took all the risks and conquered them all with KO’s. I like the idea of vacating and moving up as there is nothing left to prove at 154?
Plus Tim takes too make counter punches. A guy like Charlo will set Tim up and send him right back to the canvas, to stay. ♂️
haha…a REAL fighter challenging his self. Tszyu beats him with youth and zeal.
It’s a bit early for Tzyu but hope he gets the fight still..
its suicidel fight for Tim Tszyu charlo is going to KO him!!