Exclusive: Tszyu wants ‘fireworks fight’ against ‘KO King’ in dangerous first World Title defense

Tim Tszyu has declared Brian Mendoza of America the most dangerous bout in the super welterweight division. by confirming that the World Championship bout between him and KO King in Las Vegas will double as the

Just a week after being confirmed as the new WBO super welterweight champion, Tszyu is now finalizing plans to defend for the first time in an Australian blockbuster later this year with interim WBC champion Mendoza. which is his favorite

Meanwhile, the undefeated Sydney Cider has already gone public with plans to become the undisputed face of world boxing in 2024 and go after the name Canelo Alvare. H, Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. His immediate challenge is to defend his WBO world title for the first time.

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Speaking exclusively to Fox Sports Australia this week, Tszyu praised WBO officials who had agreed to strip world champion Jermell Charlo as soon as he walked out of their October 1 superfight against Canelo Alvarez.

“Because when you make a mistake like him You deserve to be fired,” said the Aussie, who was scheduled to fight Charlo twice.

“I am delighted that the WBO is on track and doing the right thing.

“It means my name will forever be remembered on that list of world champions.

“And this belt It wasn’t just sent to me.

“I got a temporary position from a guy like Tony Harrison… so nothing for me.”

Tim Tszyu celebrates his victory over Carlos Ocampo during the WBO Iterim Super-Welterwight Championship at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Center on June 18, 2023 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Tim Tszyu celebrates his victory over Carlos Ocampo during the WBO Iterim Super-Welterwight Championship at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Center on June 18, 2023 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

While Tszyu continues to see his future fight with Charlo. First he wanted to test himself against the stalwart Mendoza, with Sebastian Fundora’s most recent finish with a ferocious left hook. then overhall right Make him enter the knockout in 2023 year.

Before that, the American rider also scored on Jezon. Absolutely Rosaria Causing his opponent to finish in 5th place with a devastating uppercut.

In addition to securing the WBC temporary strap from Fundora, consecutive highlight reel stops elevate Mendoza (22-2) to what Tszyu insists is the division’s 3rd overall – behind himself and the rest of the division. This is also the unified King Charlo.

And with Charlo now set to strip off WBO gold – and Tszyu being elevated to regular champion – the Aussies are keeping an eye on. “The biggest challenge of my career” in fighting for the title in my hometown later this year.

Brian Mendoza is the WBC interim champion. Image by Esther Lin/Showtime.source: supply

while other names Tszyu has been mentioned over the past month, including Charles Conwell, Danny Garcia and Erickson Lubin, but Tszyu insists he wants the man to flaunt consecutive upsets with Fundora and before that, Rosaria.

“Right now, the top three in our division are Charlo, myself and Mendoza,” Tszyu said.

“He’s the WBC Provisional Champion, sharp and fluid. unconventional punch

“And he has power in both hands. Show off the highlight reel knockout.

“So when you look at his last few games. and my last few performances It is the battle that ignites the Division’s flames right now.”

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When asked if Mendoza was the most dangerous contender, Tszyu continued: “Absolutely.

“And my biggest challenge to date.

“With the Fundora KO, it’s all timing. caught him off guard

“Fundora’s hand was slightly placed where it shouldn’t be – and that was enough.”

But as for honoring the American underdog who rose to the interim championship?

“I respect every fighter who goes into the ring,” Tszyu continued.

“And as a potential opponent I respect Mendoza.

“But I’m not the type to give kisses, hugs, or thank you posts.

“I only know if the fight between us is signed. I’ll have to open it every second I’m in it.

“Because in boxing You have distractions throughout the fight.

“So I’m going to have to stay sharp throughout 12 rounds.”

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Back in April, Mendoza sent shockwaves across the 154-pound heavyweights when he outscored Fundora in the Showtime main event.

The end came early in round 7 and with two devastating punches.

First, Mendoza hit Fundora with a large left hook. This stunned the champion and caused him to momentarily lower his defense. Mendoza then doubled down with a right throw that sent Fundora to the canvas.

before the knockout arrives Two of the three stage judges had given the first six rounds to Fundora, while the third judge had given five of the first six rounds to Fundora.

None of that mattered after the Great Disruption.

Elsewhere, the American fighter also defeated Rosario in a previous fight with a large right punch.

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