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Locked in: Tim Tszyu’s landed his most high-profile opponent to date


tim tszyu v keith thurman, tszyu next fight, march 31, las vegas

As the cat-and-mouse game continues between Tim Tszyu and American Jermell Charlo, the Aussie’s had no choice but to look elsewhere — and boy has he found a guy.

For Tszyu’s next fight, the undefeated boxer, who holds a 24-0 record, will face another American — this time it’s Keith Thurman in Las Vegas at the end of March.

After an incredibly successful 2023 campaign, which saw Tszyu win all three of his fights, two of which were against highly ranked middleweight boxers in Tony Harrison and Brian Mendoza, the Sydneysider has committed to fighting under the bright lights of the States for the foreseeable future, as he tries to close in on even bigger fights.

And it seems this decision is off to a ripping start, with Tszyu set to face 30-1 fighter Thurman, who is returning from almost two years out of the sport.

Although Tszyu is the WBO super welterweight champion and usually looks for fights where there are titles on the line, this upcoming fight against Thurman will be a non-title bout, which some are saying could do wonders for both fighters.

Details of Tim Tszyu’s next fight?

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When and where?

March 30, Las Vegas(March 31 in Australia)

Tim Tszyu will headline Premier Boxing Champions’ (PBC) first pay-per-view in partnership with Prime Video in Las Vegas at the end of March.

For Australians wanting to watch Tim Tszyu’s next fight as he attempts to go 25-0, it will be on Sunday March 31.

As of late-January, it is still yet to be confirmed the exact venue but early reports suggest it will be at the T-Mobile Arena where most of the big fights are held for both boxing and UFC.

Tim Tszyu's next fight, Thurman
Tszyu took care of the incredibly tough Mendoza to cap off 2023.

How to watch Tszyu v Thurman in Australia

Things won’t change down under, the card will be available as a pay-per-view live on Main Event, or via Kayo.

Who is Keith Thurman?

Tim Tszyu’s opponent is a 35-year-old former WBA and WBC welterweight champion who boasts an incredibly impressive 30-1 record.

Unfortunately over the past two years, Keith Thurman has been kept out of the ring for multiple reasons, but mainly injury, since his last fight back in February 2022.

Ring rust could prove to be a disadvantage for Thurman against someone as fresh as Tszyu based off the recent shortcomings of Errol Spence Jr and Stephen Fulton, but the fighter isn’t lacking confidence coming into this bout.

“(Tim Tszyu’s) distinctive style provides the perfect stage for me to exhibit the relentless dedication I’ve poured into training, refining my skills, and fortifying my mental game,” Thurman said.

There’s still plenty of respect between the two, especially from Tszyu who has acknowledged the journey Thurman has gone on to get to this fight.

Back in 2019, legendary boxer Manny Pacquiao ended a 12-year undefeated run for Thurman by split decision, and since then we’ve only seen the American fight once. Before that, his incredible rise to the top of his division saw him become arguably one of the biggest names in world boxing.

How do Tszyu and Thurman matchup against each other?

Experts are saying that it’s difficult to see a results besides Tszyu dominating and edging closer to his much wanted bout against Jermell Charlo.

Since Thurman will have been inactive for two years once he steps into the ring against Tszyu, and is six years older, there’s plenty of factors point towards a comprehensive victory for the Australian.

ESPN writer Mike Coppinger explained that since Tszyu is such a dangerous puncher and has found a way to add some variety to his style, Thurman will be up against it when they come face to face.

At Thurman’s best he is an elite fighter but that was a number of years ago, taking down Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter. But even Pacquiao beat him post being in his prime.

Tim Tszyu’s last fight

Brian Mendoza – Tszyu won by unanimous decision – October 15, 2023

Tszyu continued to go hunting big names last year and Mendoza was his latest. There’s no doubting the American star posed yet another dangerous challenge for the unbeaten Aussie, but Tszyu was able to handle his threatening punching power, patiently out-boxing Mendoza and going close to ending it a couple of times.

The American showed incredible resilience to deny the ref a chance at stepping in, when Tszyu looked seriously close to ending it in the latter rounds.

The 12 rounds will hold Tszyu in even better stead for the bright-lighted Vegas mission he about to embark on. The Aussie has been able to prove he has the power to end fights quickly, but also the fitness and resilience to tough it out in deep water.

What happened to Charlo v Tszyu?

It’s the question every Tim Tszyu supporter asks themselves, as the Australian has been so clearly keen to get in the ring against the former super welterweight champion.

Following Charlo’s withdrawal from his scheduled bout with Tszyu at the start of 2023, thanks to a hand injury, the American has done nothing to worry the rising star from down under.

The actions of Charlo provide clear indications he’s not very keen on the idea of facing Tszyu. Charlo instead chased money and went up in weight for a fight with Alverez; he lost via unanimous decision.

Rather than waiting, Tim Tszyu has continued to take risks and stay busy. And that hard work has paid off; he’s gotten through unscathed and undoubtedly grown as a boxer.

As Tszyu was departing for the States in late-January, he fired off a couple of shots at his rival Charlo, claiming that he now believes he’ll never get to fight him.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m never going to fight him, because he’s a bit of a coward and finally all the sanctioning bodies are realising that he’s a fraud,” Tszyu said.

“He went so hard to win the belts and you have to go even harder to keep them, what did he do? He just stopped fighting, that’s unfair for the rest of the division.”

“It’s held us all up for two or three years, so let him go into hiding, into his little holiday or whatever he does. Not my concern, he’s not on the radar anymore for anyone at the moment, he’s got nothing to bring…that (stripping of his belts) should have happened months ago when me and Mendoza fought.”

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