Tszyu Welcomes Crawford Challenge: “An Opportunity to Become a Great”

By Chris Williams - 03/21/2024 - Comments

Tim Tszyu welcomes a fight against his WBO 154-lb mandatory Terence Crawford next after he deals with Sebastian Fundora first on March 30th. Tszyu (24-0, 17 KOs) says he’s fine with fighting Crawford in June or July and likes staying busy.

The 36-year-old Crawford (40-0, 31 KOs) will be moving up to 154 to after his third division undisputed championship.

Tszyu will test whether Crawford is as good as some boxing fans believe he is. He didn’t look great in his fights before Errol Spence.

Tim might show that Crawford was overhyped by casuals and naive hardcore boxing fans, who thought he was the real 24K gold, but was fools gold after his win against a weight-drained, ring-rusty, car-crash-ruined Spence.

“That’s great. It’s an opportunity to become great,” said Tim Tszyu to the media, reacting to Terence Crawford becoming his WBO mandatory, who could be next if he defeats Sebastian Fundora on March 30th.

Analyzing Crawford’s Last Performance

“This is the first opportunity to save the show. Once the opportunity arises for Crawford, that’s going to be a war,” Tszyu continued. “Spence didn’t look the same [against Crawford]. From the get-go, he looked off balance and maybe weight drained. It was different.”

Tszyu is in his prime, and would be putting hands on the ring-rusty Crawford, who hadn’t looked good in his three fights before his match against Spence.

“Me and him are a completely different style. He’s a southpaw, and I’m orthodox. It’s sweet, man. I’ve had four fights in 12 months,” said Tszyu when asked if a fight against Crawford in June or July is too soon.

Apparently, Crawford still hasn’t vacated his three remaining titles at 147 for some reason, making some boxing fans wonder if he will sit on them in hopes of Devin Haney moving up.

The sanctioning bodies will have to start stripping Crawford of his titles if he’s going to use them to hold his spot in case Haney moves up. Crawford is certainly not holding onto his belts to use them for an undisputed clash against IBF champ Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.

Tszyu on Canelo’s Price Tag

“That’s called pricing yourself out,” said Tszyu about Canelo Alvarez wanting 150 to 200 million for a fight against David Benavidez. “Benavidez should pay him as well.

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