'Very expensive' November fight for Tszyu

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The COVID-19 outbreak successful Australia won't get successful the mode of Tim Tszyu warring an planetary hostile successful November, contempt the star's promoters conceding the process volition beryllium a "very precise costly exercise."

Tszyu's future is acceptable to go a batch clearer wrong days arsenic the WBO considers making the undefeated Sydney prima a mandatory challenger for WBO ace welterweight champion Brian Castano's belt. Tszyu's promoters No Limit person been lobbying the WBO for months to unit the Argentine combatant to combat the Australian.

Earlier this month, Castano rejected speech of warring Tszyu and called him a gag for suggesting he's moving from him, pointing to the Australian's purported reluctance to combat overseas.

Castano is gunning for an contiguous rematch with Jermell Charlo (34-1-1), who retained his WBA, WBC and IBF satellite title belts erstwhile the brace fought retired a arguable divided determination gully successful July.

Jermell Charlo (R) and Brian Castano (L) speech punches. (Getty)

Tszyu is already the No.1 challenger for the WBO, No.3 contender for the IBF and WBC and ranked No.7 for The Ring Title belt.

If the WBO rules against Tszyu's mandatory claims, the sanctioning assemblage could bid him to combat an eliminator bout to gain the close to combat the champion. Russia's Magomed Kurbanov (22-0, 13KO) is the No.3 ranked challenger and would astir apt get the shot. Others to beryllium mentioned arsenic imaginable opponents extracurricular satellite rubric negotiations see American Tony Harrison and Brit Liam Smith.

Regardless of who Tszyu faces, the existent COVID-19 outbreak sweeping crossed the state means Tszyu's squad has to enactment much wealth down to unafraid a higher calibre opponent. Fighters are demanding overmuch much during negotiations, pushing for definite items and much wealth for their compulsory quarantine upon entering the country.

Speaking to Wide World of Sports, No Limit CEO George Rose confirmed he's been successful interaction with respective "world rated" fighters astir making the trek Down Under but acknowledged it volition beryllium "very costly" to unafraid a signature. He said they are afloat committed to making it happen.

Tim Tszyu punches Stevie Spark during the WBA Oceania WBO Global ace welterweight rubric combat betwixt Tim Tszyu and Stevie Spark astatine Newcastle Entertainment Centre connected July 07, 2021 successful Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images) (Getty)

"The hardest portion astir convincing these satellite boxing superstars is having to bash the 2 week quarantine anterior to continuing their grooming camp, it's a precise hard process," Rose said. "But it's thing we're putting each of our resources into.

"It's precise costly to conscionable their demands of their quarantine requests but I'm assured we tin get it done and Tim volition person a precise precocious calibre hostile for November.

"Tim's astatine that level wherever helium needs to hole himself for a satellite rubric level opponent. He needs to combat pugnacious absorption to hole him for that. Someone that's going to propulsion him and truly trial him."

Depending connected the authorities of the outbreak successful November, Tszyu's promoters volition request to gamble and anticipation it pays off. They'll beryllium crossing their fingers that vaccination rates crossed the federation volition beryllium astatine a level wherever it becomes harmless to signifier the combat astatine a ample venue with a large assemblage to get their wealth backmost and past some. Tszyu's apical precedence is to determination connected from warring section opponents, adjacent though staging 1 much lawsuit against an Aussie based combatant would beryllium much cost-effective and a safer bet.

Tszyu's acold effect to Zerafa successful lockdown

The lone combat that would whet the appetite of fans would beryllium a bout with rival Michael Zerafa, who told Wide World of Sports he's unfastened to warring his arch nemesis contempt pulling retired of their combat successful July. While Rose conceded thing tin hap during the pandemic, helium was speedy to constituent retired Zerafa had his chance.

"He talked trash astir Tim for 2 years," Rose said. "He was hopeless for that combat and erstwhile helium got it helium walked distant from it and ruined a large accidental for Australian boxing.

"Now he's backmost talking again. It's evident determination is nary combat connected the cards astatine the moment. The lone clip helium talks trash astir Tim is erstwhile there's thing connected connection for him."

If the WBO rules successful Tszyu's favour arsenic mandatory challenger for Castano's belt, past it's astir definite helium would person to question to Las Vegas to instrumentality connected the Argentine.

Even though Tszyu's campy dangled a $10 cardinal carrot to lure either Castano oregon Charlo to Australia successful the past, Castano unopen down immoderate accidental of travelling to combat Tszyu, saying helium fights lone successful Las Vegas. Rose said his complaint has nary qualms warring extracurricular of Australia if that's what helium has to do.

"If Tim has to question overseas there's nary concerns implicit that. We emotion to combat successful beforehand of our Australian fans arsenic overmuch arsenic we can. If we tin bash it present we will. If not you gotta bash what you gotta do," Rose said.

"Timmy volition bash thing that gets enactment successful beforehand of him. He'll accommodate to warring anyone. He's fought successful antithetic states each implicit the state successful different people's backyards and done it successfully. He has nary fearfulness of warring successful anyone's backyard."

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