By Matt Lieberman: Tim Tszyu says he’d like to face superstar Canelo Alvarez next following his impressive victory over Brian Mendoza last Saturday night in Queensland, Australia.
Tim will be fighting in the U.S. now, as he wants to face the popular big names like Canelo, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence Jr., and Jermell Charlo.
As far as Jermell goes, Tszyu doesn’t have much hope of getting that fight anytime soon because he feels that he’s going to be inactive for the next year, spending the money that he made in his recent contest against Canelo last September.
Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) is aiming for the top of the tree and says it would be an “honor” for him to fight Canelo. It would be a huge fight and would attract a lot of interest from fans in the States & Australia.
Last Saturday night, Tszyu beat Mendoza (22-3, 16 KOs) by a twelve round unanimous decision in an exciting fight on Showtime. The scores were 116-112, 116-111 and 117-111.
“Canelo. If I could fight Canelo, that would be a privilege and an honor, but Charlo, of course,” said Tim Tszyu to Fighthype when asked who he wants to fight next between Canelo Alvarez and Jermell Charlo.
The Mexican star Canelo will be fighting next May, and he hasn’t named his opponent yet. If Tszyu can take that spot, it would be a fantastic opportunity for him. However, Canelo is unlikely to fight Tszyu because he may not want to face backlash from fans for fighting another 154-pounder after Jermell.
“It was a different type of performance from Tim Tszyu, but nevertheless, an entertaining one and a great one,” said promoter George Rose to Jai McAllister following Tszyu’s win over Mendoza last Saturday night.
“I think that’s the level Brian Mendoza is at. He’s a great fighter. He was interim WBC champion for a reason because he is good; he is dangerous. I’m glad that Tim didn’t allow the occasion to overwhelm him in any way, stuck to his game plan, and stayed patient.
“I know Brian talked about patience during the week, but we saw a really patient performance from Tim Tszyu, waiting for his opportunities and wearing him down, and then turning the fight into his fight.
“I can’t believe it went the distance. The shots that he [Tszyu] landed were amazing. I felt every one of them. They were amazing shots. It shows the heart and will of Brian Mendoza. He turned up to win, and he wasn’t going to give up at any stage.
“He [Mendoza] was still throwing them bombs. That last round, he was still looking for the win. He was still looking for the big knockout, and I love that,” said Rose.