Via Knitting Ambrosio: Jermell Charlo will defend his undisputed middleweight championship against WBO mandatory Tim Tszyu on Showtime January 28 on Showtime at Michelob Ultra Arena in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Jermell needs a win over Tszyu to take him to bigger and better things against Sebastian ‘The Towering Inferno’ Fundora, Terence Crawford and Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.
Jermell does not see Tszyu as a credible threat to his reign and he will seek to show boxing fans that he does not belong in the same ring as him.
With Jermell out of action, a win for Tszyu cannot be ruled out over the 32-year-old four-belt champion. As of 2020, Charlo only competes once a year and that’s not nearly enough to stay sharp, especially when you’re a boxer in your 30s.
Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) is going up against one of his stronger opponents since he first became world champion in 2016. He’s facing hands. 28-year-old caliber punch Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) in a knockout fight is written on it.
Jermell, 32, is someone who likes to win, but you never know. He lost to Tony Harrison in 2018 and many boxing fans believe he deserved to lose in his first bout against Brian Castano in July. That match, which took place in San Antonio, Texas, was scored as a questionable draw in 12 innings.
“Stylistically, Charlo vs. Tszyu is one of the most exciting fights that can happen in boxing, given the aggressive temperaments of Jermell and Tim in the ring,” said Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza.
“After hosting Tim’s US premiere in March, we are thrilled to see him challenge Jermell and dare to be great. Jermell and Tim have never shied away from a challenge, and this is going to be a real Fight of the Year type match.
Tszyu has to raise his game for him to have a chance to beat Jermell Charlo for the undisputed middleweight championship next January.
Last March, Tszyu knocked out Terrell Gausha, winning the decisive round 12 after being eliminated in the first round. Tszyu was hit a lot during the competition, but his strength got him through in the second half of the match, when he hit harder shots to impress the judges.