After Tim Tszyu’s impressive stoppage win over Dennis Hogan last week thoughts now turn to the Australian’s future.
The 26-year-old super welterweight became the second man to stop Hogan after his reputable punching power and body attacks did enough damage to prompt Hogan’s corner to throw the towel in during round five of their fight. Jermell Charlo was the first fighter to ensure Hogan didn’t go the distance (TKO 7) when the pair met in December 2019 and it’s the American who Tszyu’s team is hoping to lure to Australia.
Promoter George Rose, of No Limit Boxing, who promoted Tszyu v Hogan, believes it would take around $10 million to attract the IBF, WBC and WBA champion and says, “It is just what we have to do to make it happen”.
Speaking to The Sun-Herald, Rose added: “The way I see it, the world title has to be out here in Australia. That’s the situation we’re in and that’s what we need to come up with to make it happen.
“We want the world title, and we want it in Australia. Whether it’s Charlo or [Brian] Castano, they are the targets.”
Castano holds the WBO title where Tszyu is the number one contender and in pole position to get a crack at the unbeaten Argentinian. Castano won the belt beating Patrick Teixeira in February to become a two-time super welterweight champion. Tszyu also has a ranking of three with the IBF.
“Timmy has to fight for a world title here in Australia, especially given the times we’re in [with Covid-19]. Australia is the best location for it.”
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