Tim Tszyu’s ambitious plan to upstage the NRL with blockbuster fight to unify all four belts in his division in first event at Sydney’s state-of-the-art new venue
- Boxer Tim Tszyu could fight US star Jermell Charlo at the SFS in late August
- Would be the first major sporting event at renovated Sydney Football Stadium
- Roosters and Rabbitohs will play round 25 NRL match on Friday, September 2
Unbeaten Australian boxer Tim Tszyu could get the jump on the NRL by headlining the first major sporting event at the renovated Sydney Football Stadium in late August.
Tszyu, 27, will fight undisputed super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo (35-1-1) for all four major belts in the division – with the date of the bout still to be confirmed.
Tszyu’s promoters, No Limit Boxing, are reportedly working behind the scenes with stadium operators to stage the fight at the SFS before the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs do battle in the NRL on September 2.
‘First of all Sydney is my hometown, if the fight gets presented at a stadium like that it would be unreal for myself,’ Tszyu told News Corp.
‘The first sporting event at the new SFS would be insane.’
Australian boxer Tim Tszyu could get the jump on the NRL by headlining the first major sporting event at the renovated Sydney Football Stadium in late August
Tszyu in action against US fighter Terrell Gausha in March, which Tszyu won by judges decision
Tszyu, 27, will face American Jermell Charlo (pictured) for all four major belts in the super-welterweight division – the exact date of the bout is yet to be confirmed
Work is finally due to completed at the revamped Moore Park venue over the next few months, with the budget blowing out to $828million.
Currently recovering from hand surgery, Tszyu, nicknamed the ‘Soul Taker’, declared this week he will be ready to enter the ring versus US superstar Charlo.
Tszyu, whose career record is 21-0 with 15 knockouts, is desperate to silence Charlo, with the pair engaging in a war of words over the past couple of years.
‘I’ll be ready when the date is set,’ Tszyu said.
‘Everything is going smoothly with the recovery, I can move my hand around, I can do everything, I just can’t punch at the moment.
‘I want to make sure it’s 100 per cent before I do anything, I don’t want to do anything stupid, start punching and then re-injure it.’
Work is finally due to be completed at the SFS over the next few months, with the budget blowing out to $828million
Charlo has dismissed Tszyu as the real deal, declaring the orthodox fighter has ridden off the coattails of his famous father, Kostya, in his career to date.
After his recent win over Brian Castano, Charlo dismissed Tszyu as a genuine world class opponent.
He referenced Terrell Gausha’s first-round knockdown against Tszyu in their title eliminator in March in Minneapolis.
‘Didn’t he get dropped? That mother—er’s out. He got dropped,’ Charlo said, despite Tszyu rising from the canvas and dominating the rest of the bout.
Adding to the tension was boxing’s world governing body making it mandatory for Charlo to fight Tszyu.
Both camps have a deadline of June 20 to make the bout happen, or a purse bid will be held.