Tszyu Could Face Spence After Fundora, Avoiding Crawford

Tim Tszyu’s manager, Glen Jennings, is open to his fighter facing Errol Spence Jr. instead of Terence Crawford

Tszyu faces Sebastian Fundora on March 30 to defend his WBO Junior Middleweight Belt. The vacant WBC Junior Middleweight Title is also on the line. The WBO has ordered the winner to face Crawford, who is the WBO Super Champion at 147, making him the WBO mandatory at 154. 

Tszyu took the fight on less than two weeks’ notice after his initial opponent, Keith Thurman, withdrew. One Time pulled out after injuring his bicep in training. While Crawford is next for the winner, Tszyu could vacate to secure the Spence fight. Tszyu vs. Spence is a much bigger commercial fight in the US.

Crawford’s fight with Spence was only Bud’s fifth PPV. The Spence-Crawford bout sold 700,000 PPVs, showing how much pulling power Spence has. Meanwhile, Bud’s previous bouts were in the range of 200,000 PPV buys. Tsyzu will face Fundora on Amazon Prime Video, making it much easier to build up the Spence fight since the US audience will have seen him. 

A Spence fight is also easier than Crawford. Bud is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Spence may not be the same fighter, having been stopped by Crawford in a one-sided bout. He has also undergone cataract surgery on his right eye. 

However, Tszyu cannot overlook Fundora. Fundora is a southpaw who is six-foot-five. He only has one loss in his career, getting stopped by Brian Mendoza in his last fight. Fundora was dominating that fight before the stoppage. Tszyu hopes to channel Mike Tyson, who was known for beating much taller fighters with his bodywork and high output. 

“I fear no one. I would go into any fight, it doesn’t matter – two weeks, 12 days, tall guy, whoever they put in front of me. I’ve just got to adapt, change and take over. Mike Tyson did a lot of things in his prime, so hopefully I can do a Mike Tyson on him,” Tszyu stated


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