Former WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam Smith is ready and willing to fight unbeaten Tim Tsyzu, who called for a showdown with the British fighter.
Last week, Tszyu returned to the ring in Newcastle and blasted out late replacement Steve Spark in three rounds.
In the aftermath of the win, Tszyu named Smith as the one opponent he would really like to face next - because of his status as a former world champion who shared the ring with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Smith, 32-years-old, is eager to secure the big opportunity to bounce back after losing a twelve round decision to Magomed Kurbanov.
Despite losing on the road in his last outing with some questionable scoring, Smith has no problem with traveling over to Australia to face Tszyu.
“Yeah, my management team are discussing it now and I’ll leave it to them and whoever else and if there’s a deal there to be made, I’m sure it will be made,” Smith told Boxing Social.
"From my point of view, I think no questions would be asked of whether I would fight him or whether I’d come to Australia to fight him. I’d fight him tomorrow. I’d fly to Australia tomorrow as long as the deal was right.
“Whether it was to do with the mention of me, whether it was people saying ‘take the fight p-ssy’ it’s like how could that be mentioned towards myself? Would I go to Australia? Of course I would I’ve been to Russia, Mexico, the States. Put a fight to me that makes sense for me, I’ll go and that’s exactly the same with Tim Tszyu. Tim Tszyu is no-one different ... he’s no-one I fear, no-one I’m scared of so if it makes sense for me, I’ll be on the night flight there.”
“I think he’s developing very, very well and I think he will develop to be a good fighter and I’ve said that on record. I think they’ve matched him perfectly and his career’s gone (up) and his opposition’s gone the same way. With that being said, who’s his best win? Dennis Hogan was probably his best win and by all accounts it sounds like Dennis Hogan might retire after this.
“A fight with the ones mentioned will answer a lot of questions of Tim Tszyu’s path. If he beats me, you’ll say is ready for it. If he doesn’t beat me he’s not ready. I think he will end up a good fighter. I do think now, put somebody OK in front of him, he’s shown he’s not hard to hit, I think you’ll get a few different answers on Tim Tszyu.”