- Anthony Morrow
Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu both have something to prove in upcoming fight
Jermell Charlo, the undisputed king of the 154-pound super welterweight division, is returning to the ring on January 28th, 2023, against Tim Tszyu at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. After an impressive two-fight performance against Brian Castano, a resilient hard-punching Argentinian who had won 9 of his previous 10 fights, 8 of which were by KO, Charlo will defend his titles. Against Tim Tsyzu. Tsyzu, the son of former world champion Kostya Tszyu, is ranked third by The Ring, first by the WBO, third by the IBF, and first by the WBC as a super welterweight. Tsyzu, looks to seize an opportunity to become the undisputed super welterweight champion of the world in one fight.
Charlo comes from a stacked stable of talented fighters trained by Trainer of the Year award candidate Derrick James. As the first undisputed super welterweight champion in the four-belt era, Charlo brings a historical accomplishment to the table. He explained at the December 13th press conference why being the undisputed champion doesn’t change his level of expectation for himself as he’s always faced the highest level of competition. Charlo proclaimed he is boxing's version of "Tom Brady," and while commending Tszyu for having the courage to take the fight, he warned him that he is "weird" and that Tszyzu is more a product of his father's success than a fighter he sees as being on his level. Tsyzu doesn’t shy away from the pressure and assumptions made about being the son of a former world champion. Tszyu claims he is aware his father's legacy, which will not be a factor, even with the added motivation to repeat history and become world champion after his father Kostya Tszyu won his first world championship 27 years ago to the date. Tim Tszyu says he plans to conduct his training camp in the US. Tyszyu believes it's important that he’s well-adjusted as possible to the western time zone and environment well before January 28th. Tim Tszyu told Fight Hub TV that "this is the biggest fight of my career," adding to the fact that his father will be in attendance for just the second time in his career.
Tsyzu will enter the ring as an underdog, feeling underestimated and motivated to repeat history and become the undisputed super welterweight champion of the world and share the experience with his father, who won his first title on January 28th, 1996. The champion, Charlo, will not enter the ring as the charismatic champion you would expect to see. Tszyu himself described Charlo as a "arrogant angry old man" and questioned why Jermell remained intense after becoming the undisputed super welterweight champion of the world. Chalo responded "I’m about my business, I ain’t arrogant, I’m humble” he goes on later to say, “I did enjoy my win, I didn’t let the world see how I enjoyed my win”, these fights aren’t always easy to predict but I know one thing is for sure, the boxing world will enjoy a great card on January 28th, 2023.