Aussie slugger Tim Ciju offers a rare compliment with which he looks forward to the next step in the ring.
Tszyu was talking to FightHubTV about Jermal Charlo – the American who is now vying for four belts in the super-welterweight division and is the undisputed champion.
Charlo won an epic battle against Brian Castano on Sunday, beating his opponent in the 10th round to become the first four-belt champion in his division.
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Tszyu is the WBO’s mandatory challenger and says Charlotte must fight him within three months or empty the belt.
The pair were involved in a rather arson attack within 24 hours of Charlo’s victory.
Shortly after the victory, the American was furious at a reporter’s question about Tszyu, and then Aussie returned the next day saying that “he (Charlo) knows exactly who I am.”
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But when FightHubTV asked him what he thought of Charlie’s winning performance, Tszyu was appreciative.
“I thought the first six rounds he fought that night proved that he had dug in,” Tszyu said.
“He has earned my respect, honestly.
“I always thought he was going out-of-the-box (Castano), try to make him out-smart, and look for that one shot, as soon as Castano wanted to kick it he wouldn’t push.
“But he’s stubborn. He’s got my respect.”
If Charlo Tszyu has earned the honor, it seems he has not yet been rewarded.
The American was asked at his post-war press conference about the Aussie and his chances of fighting for four belts.
He launched a surprise verbal attack on the journalist.
“Didn’t he drop out? That Mother — out. She dropped out,” said Charlo, referring to Tiruchirappalli in the first round of her US debut win against Terrell Gausser.
“It’s a different kind of heat here in America, baby. It’s a different kind of heat in America.
“How many Team Two, whatever their name, how much did they get? How much money did they get? F — You and Tim Casu, change the mic.”
Tszyu, as usual, is not a little confused by verbal interruptions.
In his ideal style he can only laugh at it.
Charlo knocks out Castano in the epic
“Charlo is an angry man. He never smiles,” he told FightHubTV.
“I thought he would be happy after the fight. He’s sitting there all crazy, going to different journalists.
“She’s just like that. She doesn’t like to say anything.”
Tszyu hopes for an organized fight with Charlo in America.
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