Thurman And Tszyu Square Off In Their First Presser

Keith Thurman and Tim Tszyu had their kick-off presser ahead of their 155-pound non-title fight on March 30.

Both fighters square off on PBC’s first PPV on Amazon Prime Video following Showtime’s departure. Thurman’s last fight was in 2022, beating Mario Barrios unanimously. But that was his only fight since his loss against Manny Pacquaio in 2019. The ex-Unified Welterweight Champion could have fought for a second world title, but Tszyu’s WBO Junior Middleweight Belt is not on the line. 

Tszyu acquired his belt after Jermell Charlo was stripped. The American agreed to face Tszyu but pulled out with an injury. Once he recovered, Charlo chose Canelo Alvarez at 168 instead. The WBO responded by making Tszyu the full champion from his mandatory position. He made his first defense against Brian Mendoza, beating him unanimously. Now, he has the chance to headline on a major US card.

In the co-main event, Rolando Romero takes on Isaac Cruz in the first defense of his WBA Junior Welterweight Title. The fight occurred after Romero’s bout with Ryan Garcia failed to materialize. A win for either fighter puts them in a position to face Garcia or seek out a potential Gervonta Davis rematch to avenge their losses against him. Here were the highlights from the presser. 

Highlights

Thurman On Haney

Thurman has accused Devin Haney of being scared for not fighting him at 147. 

Following Haney’s win over Regis Prograis to become a two-weight world champion, The Dream did entertain the idea of a fight at 147. Mario Barrios and Thurman were mentioned as two possible opponents. That never happened, as Haney is in talks with Ryan Garcia for a fight at 140. As Thurman prepares to take on Tim Tszyu, he hit out at Haney’s fighting style. 

“You fought some Rougarous-foot dude, and now you want to fight all these welterweights. You want to do this and that. He didn’t have the skill set to match a caliber of a fighter like Devin Haney. If Devin Haney had the courage and the tenacity to take risks, We classify fighters in different ways. The way you can classify Haney is slightly in the category of a scared fighter, and that’s why there’s no courage,” Thurman said 

Thurman knows his time to secure those big fights is running out. He has not looked like the same fighter that was once the former Unified Welterweight Champion. But a fight with Haney would allow Thurman to test himself against one of boxing’s biggest stars. Since he has moved up to 155 pounds, however, a Haney vs. Thurman fight is unlikely.

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