Boxing fans continued to get spoiled as the industry is going through one bombshell revelation after the other. The most recent incident saw Undefeated Australian prodigy Tim Tszyu encounter a new impediment in his path to glory. A title fight for WBO’s super welterweight division was scheduled for January 28 in Las Vegas between Jermell Charlo and Tim Tszyu.
Jermell was getting some practice done during x-mas eve at his gym in Houston. During a sparring session, the Texan broke his hands in two spots. Soon the news broke and the reigning champion himself came online to break the news.
37 fights in ain’t never had to postpone shit. I’ll never back out or down from any man. Im King of 154. This ain’t no mental health issue, this ain’t no sling you can buy at a pharmacy like Castano did. Imma bounce back & give my supporters 2 fights this yr. Stay tune. pic.twitter.com/m6wc8s5p1A
— JERMELL CHARLO (@TwinCharlo) December 26, 2022
Despite having a broken hand, Jermell still refused to pull out from the fight as he claimed that he would require only 1 hand to beat Tim. The commission and doctors of course were not buying such claims and decreed to postpone the fight until further decisions arrived. Later WBO demanded concrete proof of the injury and a proper explanation as to how the accident occurred.
Charlo’s initial post on social media didn’t manage to convince the fans either. Many came forward to accuse the ‘Iron Man’ of ducking the rising Aussie challenger. There might be some level of validity to this claim as Tszyu is currently undefeated and has won 15 fights via knockout.
If Jermell doesn’t respond within 5 days. he might be stripped of his title. Tim has already secured his place in the title picture, to fill his opponent’s role, fans are expecting Tony Harrison or Bakhram Murtazaliev to come forth. The Aussie has been inactive for 9 months. His manager Glen Jennings has recently come out to say,
“‘You all know Tim can’t sit around waiting, so we are exploring all options for a fight asap. Tim is disappointed but focused still on what comes next, He’s a fighter, he wants to fight, so waiting for Charlo recovery is not an option…until then training continues in USA.”
WBO has some very exciting matchups coming up. We certainly hope Tszyu gets a proper opponent for his big fight.