Crawford Named WBO Mandatory For Tszyu vs Fundora Winner

Keith Thurman vs Tim Tszyu is off after ‘One Time’ Thurman pulled out with a bicep injury, meaning Sebastian Fundora takes his place, leaving the winner to face Terence Crawford.

The two boxers were set to headline PBC’s first PPV on Amazon Prime Video on March 30. It was a non-title fight despite Tszyu coming into the bout as the WBO Junior Middleweight Champion. The Australian became the full champion after Jermell Charlo was stripped for fighting Canelo Alvarez instead of defending against his mandatory, Tszyu. 

The former Unified Welterweight Champion, Thurman, has only fought once since 2019, when he beat Mario Barrios in 2022. His only defeat came at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2019. Injuries have derailed Thurman’s career, and the latest setback leaves the 35-year-old with another obstacle to overcome. 

Fundora was set to face Serhii Bohachuk on the Thurman-Tszyu card for the vacant WBC Junior Middleweight Belt. But he now has the chance to secure a huge win after suffering his first-career defeat in his last fight against Brian Mendoza.

A win makes Fundora the WBO and the WBC Junior Middleweight Champion. If Tszyu comes out victorious, he will face Terence Crawford next after the WBO ordered a title defense. Bud is the WBO Super Champion at 147, making him mandatory for the WBO belt at 154. 

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