No Limit CEO George Rose, who promotes WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu, has taken a few verbal jabs at WBC, WBA, IBF champion Jermell Charlo.
Tszyu was the longtime mandatory challenger to Charlo’s WBO title.
Charlo lost the WBO belt when he moved up by two weight classes to challenge undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last month in Las Vegas.
The WBO would elevate Tszyu, who held the interim-belt, to the status of full champion.
Tszyu will make the first defense of that title on October 14 (October 15 in Australia) against top contender Brian Mendoza. Showtime will carry the fight in the United States.
Provided he defeats Mendoza, Rose is planning to match Tszyu against the toughest opponents out there – and Charlo is certainly on their hitlist.
Rose also suggested Charlo had not only deliberately avoided Tszyu for the best part of a year, but also “ran around the ring and to the bank” in his most recent loss to Alvarez.
“Brian Mendoza, Errol Spence, Terence Crawford, Canelo Alvarez … that’s what is next for Tim Tszyu,” Rose said to Fox Sports Australia.
“First, Tim has got a real dangerous challenge on his hands in Mendoza. He’s easily the top of the division alongside Tim and his knockout power is vicious. But if Tim can get through what will be his toughest test to date this Sunday, then it’s only the biggest and best fights for him after that. And there are no bigger fights in boxing than taking down some of the world’s biggest pound-for-pound fighters in consecutive fights.
“Charlo had his chance and he ran. He literally ran. He ran from fighting Tim for the undisputed title and then he ran around the ring all the way to the bank against Canelo. And given Tim is the most active fighter in the world right now, he isn’t going to sit around and wait for Charlo to decide if and when he’s going to come back to the division.
“Of course we want Tim to become the undisputed champion of the world, but when the guy who has the other belts has one fight every one or two years it’s not good business.”