Tim Tszyu proved he has what it takes to be a genuine force in the ring following a dominant display against Jeff Horn last month.
Tszyu left fans in awe as he picked apart his far more experienced opponent from the opening bell before the bout was stopped after the eighth round.
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His blistering display captured the attention of boxing fans the world over with many believing they had just watched a future world champion.
“Tim Tsyu will go down as the best Australian born boxer ever,” declared former world champion Paulie Malignaggi.
“Tim Tszyu is the new king of Aussie boxing,” CBS Sports Brian Campbell said. “This is a hell of a coming-out party.”
Now it appears his shot at taking over the world could be closer than expected with a reported title shot set to be announced this week.
His win over Horn saw him skyrocket up the WBO junior middleweight rankings, landing at number two behind number one contender Brian Carlos Castano.
The organisation however is reportedly considering to pit Tszyu against current division champion Patrick Teixeira before the end of the year.
In even better news for Australian boxing fans, the fight could take place on Aussie shores.
“All parties are very interested in making this fight happen – Teixeira’s promoters (Golden Boy Promotions) want to see him back in the ring defending his belt as soon as possible and the WBO is obviously in the business of keeping their champions active,” Tszyu’s promoter Matt Rose said to Ben Damon .
“There’s a few hurdles to get over but it’s looking good and it could all happen very quickly, plus it helps that the world just saw a big crowd at our event in Townsville.”
A contest between Teixeira and Castano was set to take place before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The WBO decision is expected to drop before the end of the week with No Limit Boxing CEO George Rose confident they’ll be able to get all necessary work done in order for the bout to take place this year.
“We have a lot of interest from Sydney, Queensland and Perth about hosting what would be a ‘once in a lifetime’ event. If we can get the fight done then we will work with the governments to ensure we can safely get Teixeira into the country,” he said.
The 25-year-old Tszyu took his professional record to 16-0 with 12 of his victories coming via knockout.
Brazilian Teixeira, 29, holds a 31-1 record with 22 knockout wins to his name with the southpaw holding significant advantages over Tszyu in both height (+8cm) and reach (+11cm).
Originally published as Tszyu set to land title fight Down Under