Junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu is even more confident after watching world champions Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano battle to a twelve round split draw on Saturday night.
The judges saw it 114-113 for Castano, 117-111 for Charlo and 114-114 for the draw.
Charlo walked away with his IBF, WBA, WBC titles, while Castano kept his WBO strap.
Tszyu is the top contender to the WBO crown - with his team making plans to request a mandatory crack at the title.
“The draw could turn out to be a good result for us – Tszyu could be next. That was a great fight and you’d be surprised if Charlo wanted to jump straight into a rematch - plus he’ll have the other sanctioning bodies breathing down his neck,” said Tszyu's promoter, No Limit’s George Rose, to Ben Damon of Fox Sports.
“We’ll talk to Paco at the WBO today about the prospect of making Tszyu mandatory for Castaño’s belt and we’ll be doing everything possible to make that fight happen before the end of the year.”
A immediate rematch between Charlo and Castano is not likely - as the IBF will order Charlo to make a mandatory defense against Bakhram Murtazliev.
Tszyu thought Castano won the contest, but feels very confident in his ability to beat the champion from Argentina.
“I thought Castano won but that fight is over now and I know I have the style to beat him. Like I said, I’m ready when he is and I believe I will stop him – he is tailor-made for me,” Tszyu said to Damon.
“As for Charlo, I honestly don’t know if we see him again at super welterweight. It’s a big risk that he will lose again so maybe he’s better off getting out of the division.”
Tszyu, who recently knocked out Steve Spark in three rounds, is being positioned to return on a date in September in Australia.
Several former champions are in the running for the assignment.
“We have approached three former world champions and whoever signs on the dotted line first will get the fight,” says Rose.
“So for now it’s all up to Liam Smith, Tony Harrison and Jack Culcay.”