They were on course to face each other when Tszyu was the WBO Interim Champion at 154 pounds. A fight was agreed, but Charlo pulled out with a hand injury. After his recovery, he chose to face Canelo Alvarez at 168 instead. The WBO then stripped Charlo and made Tszyu the full champion.
The Australian defended his belt against Brian Mendoza, winning a unanimous decision. As part of PBC’s first PPV on Amazon Prime Video, Tszyu will now fight Keith Thurman in a non-title fight on March 30. Now, Tsyzu has dismissed a fight with Charlo, stating the American does not dare face him.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m never going to fight him because he’s a bit of a coward. Finally, all the sanctioning bodies are realizing that he is a fraud. He’s a coward, not on my radar. He went so hard to win the belts, and you got to go even harder to keep them.
“What did he do? He stopped fighting, and that’s unfair to the rest of the division. It’s held us up for two or three years. So, let him go into hiding, and into his little holiday. It’s not my concern. He’s not on the radar of anyone anymore at the moment. He’s got nothing to bring,” Tszyu said
Charlo is unlikely to fight at 154 pounds. Getting down from 168 pounds will be a tall order, while he has also vacated his IBF belt. He was ordered to face his mandatory Bakhram Murtazaliev but chose to relinquish the belt. That means Charlo may move to 160 to secure other title fights, leaving Tszyu out of the picture. Since Charlo became undisputed at 154, there is no reason to take a risky fight. That is why Tszyu’s focus is on making a statement against Thurman.
“In the next eight weeks, when I peak, I’ll peak, and he will feel it. He’s [Thurman] never been in the ring with anyone like me,” Tszyu stated