WBO Super-Welterweight Champion, Tim Tszyu, has gunned for fellow 154lb champion, Jermell Charlo, following the latter’s underwhelming display in a bid for the undisputed super-middleweight crown against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Canelo looked comfortable from the get-go against the American, with his advantages in power allowing him to walk Charlo down, willing to take a punch to land one.
As a result, Charlo was on the back-foot for most of the contest and struggled to score with any significant punches, losing a wide unanimous-decision.
Tsyzu was scheduled to fight Charlo in January, but the then-undisputed champion pulled out of the bout due to an injury.
After his recovery, Charlo opted for a fight with Alvarez instead, which prompted the WBO strip him of the Super-Welterweight title and award it to Tszyu.
In an interview with Fight Hub TV, the Aussie shared his disappointment at the hypocritical conduct of Charlo’s outing, as the 33-year-old continued to be mocked for labelling himself as a ‘lion’ before the fight.
“I thought, for what he said about who he is, calling himself a lion, it wasn’t a lion performance, that is for sure. I feel like it was a scared performance, a very defensive-minded, in there to survive and not to win, type of performance.”
“From the first-round [his goal was to hear the final bell], he didn’t even start to do anything. Even when s*** wasn’t going good, his coach was saying ‘you are losing the fight, you have got to press’, he still didn’t press, there was no ring control it was just moving and running.”
“I don’t see too much competitiveness in him, that willingness to risk it all and win, that’s just my opinion.”
Tim Tszyu will make the first defence of his world title on October 15 when he fights Brian Mendoza in Broadbeach, Australia.