Former WBO tremendous welterweight world champion Liam Smith says he holds no worry of dealing with Tim Tszyu and is prepared to journey Down Below if the struggle supply “is smart”.
Following his spherical three demolition of Steve Spark in Newcastle final week, Tszyu known as out a number of world rated fighters he’d prefer to face subsequent within the ring as his camp vowed to deliver a global opponent to Australia to face the undefeated star in September. Smith (29-3-0) topped the checklist, whereas the likes of Danny Garcia (26-3-0) and Magomed Kurbanov (22-0-0) had been additionally talked about.
The British fighter most lately misplaced a hard-fought choice to Kurbanov in Might, and his solely different two losses had been a knockout defeat to Canelo Alvarez in 2016 and a loss by choice to former super-welterweight world champion Jaime Munguia in 2018. Smith stated his crew is at present in discussions with Tszyu’s camp and has no qualms travelling overseas.
“Tim fought Wednesday f—n hell mate social media went mad with me whether or not it was him calling me out or folks saying ‘p—y take the struggle in Australia’. Would I’m going to Australia? In fact I might,” he advised Boxing Social.
“I’ve simply been to Russia, Mexico, the States. Put a struggle to me that is smart to me and I will go.
“That is no totally different with Tim Tszyu. Tim Tszyu is nobody totally different. He is no nice stretch. He is nobody I worry, he is nobody I am terrified of, so if it is smart to me and my profession then I will be on the subsequent flight there.”
Smith had racked up three straight victories since his loss to Munguia however endured his third profession defeat by the hands of Kurbanov in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kurbanov, recognized for his defensive methods, shoulder rolls and counter-punching, obtained the nod through unanimous choice with judges scoring the bout 117-112, 115-113 and 115-113.
Smith claims he is had his eye on Tszyu for a while and if he had crushed Kurbanov he would have made Tszyu journey to the UK for the struggle. He stated the Aussie has loads going for him however he wants extra credibility on the world stage.
“I believe he is creating very effectively and I believe he’ll become a superb fighter. I’ve stated that on document beforehand,” Smith stated.
“His profession goes completely. However that being stated – who’s his finest win? Dennis Hogan is his finest win.
“By all accounts I believe Dennis Ferguson would possibly retire. I believe a struggle with those talked about will reply questions on Tim Tszyu.
“If he beats me clearly he’s prepared but when he would not then no. Put someone ‘OK’ in entrance of him who has proven he is onerous to hit then you definately’ll get the solutions on Tim Tszyu.”
Tszyu stated the explanation why he shut the door on a struggle with Michael Zerafa as a result of it might get in the best way of presumably dealing with the winner of the 154-pound unification bout between WBC, WBA, IBF and Ring champion Jermell Charlo, and WBO titleholder Brian Castano. Nonetheless Smith stated the Aussie’s wishful considering has subsequent to no likelihood of coming to fruition.
“No person’s getting a world title struggle,” Smith continued. “You are not getting a world title struggle subsequent. We all know the place the world titles are. Give it 8-10 months the world titles would possibly grow to be vacant. However in the intervening time all of the belts are tied up. You are not getting a title struggle anytime quickly.
“I am not attempting to promote a struggle however I believe it might be an unbelievable struggle. He tries to make a press release. He is aggressive and he seems to try to end folks. I all the time come to struggle and he won’t should go searching for me.
“I believe they know that as effectively or they would not be mentioning my title in any other case. I am a superb title for Tim Tszyu and it does put themselves on the scene that he is prepared for the problem if he beats me.”
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