Tszyu targets world title shot after Morgan demolition

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Tim Tszyu has actually targeted a world title shot on house soil after keeping his WBO Global and IBF Australasian super-welterweight belts with a first-round knockout of Bowyn Morgan in front of 11,820 fans at Western Sydney Arena.

Tszyu’s ruthless demolition of New Zealander Morgan inside 2 minutes late on Wednesday took his record to 17-0 with 13 knockouts and the fighter an action more detailed to matching his Russian-born dad Kostya as a world champ.

Issues triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic mean Tszyu might be defending the WBO world title early next year versus Argentinian Brian Castano and the Sydneysider was clear in his aspirations.

“I’m done with Australia. I want the Mexicans, the Americans, the top-level boys,” Tszyu informed press reporters.

“I’m getting more mature. I just turned 26, I haven’t even reached my peak. I’ve got another three or four years before I reach my peak.

“That’s why I desire the very best experience, to combat the very best fighters today.”

The WBO super-welterweight world belt is held by Patrick Teixeira but he has been given a deadline of Jan. 6 to announce a mandatory title defence against Castano or lose the title.

The Brazilian is unlikely to meet the deadline because of travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, clearing the way for a Castano-Tszyu title fight early next year.

Tszyu said he would be happy to travel overseas but would prefer to fight in Sydney, where sporting events are being staged with crowds because of the country’s relative success in containing the new coronavirus.

“You can battle in front of nobody in America or battle here in front of a huge crowd,” stated Tszyu.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.