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Tim Tszyu Confirms His US Boxing Debut Against Terrell Gausha


Australian boxer Tim ‘The Soul Taker’ Tszyu will finally make his hotly-anticipated debut in the US after locking in a deal to fight Terrell Gausha in Minneapolis on March 26 (March 27 in Australia).

Tszyu was originally scheduled to fight Gausha in the co-main event of the Brian Castano vs Jermell Charlo card on March 20 in Los Angeles, however he will now headline his own fight night in Minneapolis after Castano withdrew from the fight with a bicep injury.

Speaking to before his brother Nikita’s professional boxing debut, a relieved Tszyu said, ‘Finally. It’s time to go global’.

27-year-old Tszyu’s last fight was in November when he dominated Japan’s Takeshi Inoue for a convincing win, with the victory elevating him to mandatory status for Castano’s WBO title.

Following a split decision draw in their first fight, Castano and Charlo were scheduled for a re-match. However when Castano withdrew because of injury, Tszyu called for a fight against Charlo with the request being denied.

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Tszyu also pushed for his mandatory shot at Castano, and again his request was denied.

“I was ready to go,” Tszyu said. 

“But the boys (Castano and Charlo) are contracted to fight against each other. I guess for Charlo, he didn’t want to risk it. Big risk, not much of a reward-type fight.”

The super welterweight title re-match between Castano and Charlo was temporarily put on hold with a new date to eventually be decided upon. 

For now, Tszyu is happy to fight Gausha and place his mandatory challenger ranking on the line as he headlines his own card, knowing a victory would almost certainly elevate him to a title shot.

In a statement from promoter No Limit Boxing, Tszyu, who is unbeaten in 20 fights, said Gausha would be a tough challenge.

“He’s definitely the best fighter I (will) have fought…No risk no reward,” Tszyu said. 

“I am not here to sit on my a***. I love challenges and I love tests.”

No Limit Boxing CEO George Rose was excited for Tszyu as he prepares for his US debut.

“We are thrilled for Tim that we have secured him a World Title eliminator in the US,” Rose said.

“Tim wants his shot at becoming a World Champion and this fight edges him one step closer to that dream. He has a relentless focus on this goal and to leave a massive legacy in boxing.”

“While I know Gausha is a massive challenge, Tim wants nothing less than the best to be put in the ring with him.”

Gausha, a 34-year-old from Ohio, has previously challenged for the Super Welterweight world title, losing to Erislandy Lara via unanimous decision in 2017.

His most recent fight was in March 2021 when he knocked out Jamontay Clark in the second round.

The Tszyu vs Gausha fight will likely take place in the mid-afternoon on Sunday March 27 Australian time and will be broadcast on Main Event pay-per-view.

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The only thing that Joel Martelli loves more than football (seriously, we wouldn't be surprised if he has a Wollongong Wolves tattoo) is writing about all things sports. With a Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies Degree specialising in Journalism, he spends his days uncovering breaking athlete news stories and diving deep into play-by-play strategies. We're glad that he's put his passion to the pages of Only Sports as one of our dedicated sports writers.

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