The Australian made a successful first defense of his WBO junior middleweight belt with a one-sided unanimous-decision win over the American. Tszyu remained composed in light of Mendoza’s increased output to pick apart his opponent in a bout where the Australian could have gotten a stoppage on another given day had it not been for Mendoza’s resolve.
In the aftermath of the fight, Tszyu did call out Jermell Charlo for the chance to make an undisputed fight. However, the Australian also has his eyes on Canelo Alvarez. The Mexican recently faced Charlo, who jumped up two weight classes in an attempt to become undisputed at 168. And now it appears that Tszyu is keen on doing the same.
“If I could fight Canelo, that would be a privilege and an honor, but Charlo, of course,” Tszyu
If the Alvarez fight cannot be made, then other targets such as Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr, and, of course Charlo are possible alternatives. But in reality, Tszyu lacks the current commercial pulling power to command such a fight with Canelo in the US. The current WBO champion inherited the belt after Charlo’s fight with Canelo rather than winning it outright. And without a statement win at 154, Tszyu has some way to go to get those big fights.