‘I need those big guys’, Australian Tszyu looks to go global

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian extremely welterweight Tim Tszyu has when again voiced his desire to handle the very best worldwide after extending his record to 18-0 with a 5th round TKO of Dennis Hogan in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Tszyu registered his 14th profession knockout when Hogan’s corner surrendered as the Irishman wilted under a barrage of effective left-hand blows in front of a loud crowd in the port city.

The boy of previous Russian-born indisputable light-welterweight world champ Kostya, Tszyu kept his World Boxing Company (WBO) “Global” title however has long made it clear that he has his eyes on larger rewards.

“I’m not satisfied,” Tszyu stated.

“I want to be a global boxing star. That’s my goal. It’s always been my goal and I need those big guys.

“We’re at that phase where I do think I can complete with the huge kids. I desire a global battle. I wish to be acknowledged internationally.”

Tszyu may have a wait on his hands as travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have added further complications to the already convoluted process of negotiating professional boxing bouts.

American Jermell Charlo holds the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles in the division — also known as junior or light middleweight — and Argentine Brian Castano the WBO title.

Charlo is keen on a unification fight with Castano and Tszyu’s manager told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph before Wednesday’s fight that the Australian may not get his shot at a world title until next year.

“We do not understand,” Glen Jennings told the paper. “However we’ll be all set. And it does not trouble Tim. He’ll be client.”

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.