Tim Tszyu Anticipates Pinch-Yourself Moment in Keith Thurman Showdown
Australia’s 154-pound titlist, Tim Tszyu, is set for a career-defining challenge as he steps into the ring against former welterweight champion Keith Thurman on March 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This bout marks the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions pay-per-view show on Amazon Prime Video.
Despite Thurman’s move up in weight to face Tszyu at a contractually-agreed-upon 155 pounds, the Australian’s WBO title will not be on the line. In an interview at the airport in Australia, Tszyu expressed his excitement about the opportunity, describing it as a “pinch-yourself moment” and emphasizing the YOLO (You Only Live Once) nature of this pivotal fight.
Tszyu, the 29-year-old son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu, has steadily risen in the junior middleweight division, holding an undefeated record of 24-0 with 17 knockouts. The fight against Thurman is a testament to his pursuit of international recognition, having joined Al Haymon’s PBC to elevate his profile in the United States.
Reflecting on his Australian roots, Tszyu acknowledged the honor of fighting in his home country but expressed eagerness for the historic opportunity that awaits him in the U.S. He sees the T-Mobile Arena, headlining on Amazon Prime, and making history as significant milestones in his career.
Thurman, at 35 years old, will face Tszyu after more than two years of inactivity. Tszyu, with a smile, highlighted the challenge Thurman is yet to encounter: “He’s never faced a Tim Tszyu in his life. That’s the most challenging part for him.”
As the countdown to the clash continues, Tim Tszyu remains focused on creating a defining moment in his career and etching his name in the annals of boxing history.
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