Tim Tszyu is expected to make another defense of his WBO 154-pound title in March 2024.
That is according to his promoter, George Rose. Tszyu was elevated to the status of the full WBO champion at 154 after Jermell Charlo was stripped for not fighting the Australian by choosing to face Canelo Alvarez instead. Thereafter, Tszyu beat Brian Mendoza in a dominant performance as he outclassed his opponent to win by a unanimous decision on October 15th, 2023.
That has naturally led to talks over big fights later down the line. A fight against Charlo could emerge as the American was unhappy at the decision of the WBO to strip him. A win over Tszyu would, therefore, make Charlo undisputed again. Meanwhile, a fight with Terence Crawford could emerge as Tszyu does hold a belt. And a win for Bud could then set up an undisputed fight with Charlo. Outside of that, there is a slim chance that the Australian could target Canelo. But given that Charlo failed to put up a competitive performance against Canelo after jumping up two-weight classes, Tszyu could face a similar struggle. Regardless of who Tszyu faces, the Australian is ready come what may.
“We’ll never stop discussions with Jermell Charlo. He’s been on the radar for a very, very long time, and he’s not someone that will ever fall off, but he still holds them belts, so that’s something that Tim wants to take off him. We’re looking for the big American opportunities. So, the biggest opportunity for Tim.
“You’ve got Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Jermell Charlo, Erickson Lubin, and Danny Garcia. Even if you move up in weight, you’ve got Jermall Charlo, you got Lara, you got Canelo, who’s only two weight divisions away. We saw that Jermell Charlo had no fear of stepping in with Canelo. That’s something that Tim would absolutely thrive on if he was given the opportunity as well,” Rose said