Tim Tszyu Views Crawford As Superfight, But Must Conquer Fundora First

By Jamie Eskdale - 03/26/2024 - Comments

WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu views a fight between him and Terence Crawford as a super fight, labeling it as the “biggest” one to be made for him right now, provided he defeats Sebastian Fundora this Saturday night, March 30th.

Tszyu vs. Fundora will be shown live on Prime PPV this Saturday, March 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event price is $70.

Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) must be having trouble keeping his eyes on his immediate target, the 6’5″ Fundora (20-1-1, 13 KOs, given what’s ahead of him with a big-money, high-publicity fight against the former two-division undisputed and three-division champion Crawford.

A fight against Crawford will see Tszyu pick up a reported $10 million,  equalling the purse he’s getting for his bout against Fundora, and could lead to similar money in the future,

Crawford: The Ultimate Prize

“Crawford’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, so I’d say it’s the biggest fight to be made at this moment,” Tszyu told DAZN News.

A fight between the WBC/WBO 154-lb champion Tszyu and Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) would have two undefeated champs battling it out, giving the 36-year-old Terence an opportunity to capture his fourth division world title.

It’s unclear what Crawford’s ultimate goal is for fighting at 154. He hasn’t said yet whether he wants to target the undisputed championship in the junior middleweight division or if this is just a stepping stone type of fight to lead him to bigger and better things at 168.

Crawford has talked about wanting to move up to super middleweight to challenge Canelo Alvarez for his undisputed title, so it would make sense for him to pick up titles at 154 and 160 to increase his momentum and position himself for that opportunity.

Fundora: The Immediate Challenge

Tszyu cannot overlook his immediate fight against the motivated, upset-minded Fundora. The vacant WBC 154-lb title will be at stake, making this a unification fight, which adds more value to it.

Having Crawford waiting in the wings to fight the winner makes it even more interesting. Tszyu really wants that fight, and he feels he can win it.

“There’s a lot on the line, and again, it’s an added motivation,” Tszyu says. “It’s a little bit of that extra pull even though that motivation exists no matter what.

“My motivation has always been there, no matter what. It’s simple — I just want to defeat every man possible.”