Undefeated junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu will risk his mandatory ranking with the WBO, when he faces Japan’s Takeshi Inoue on November 17 in Australia.
Tszyu is in line for a world title crack at WBO world champion Brian Castano.
Inoue has a record of 17-1-1 with 10 wins by knockout. His sole defeat was a decision loss to then world champion Jaime Munguia in January of 2019. He's won four bouts since then.
Tszyu is looking to make a statement, by stopping Inoue inside the distance.
“I’ve gotten to the stage where I couldn’t care less who I fight,” Tszyu told the WA Herald. “I’m not in this sport for a long time and I might as well make the most of every opportunity to jump on board while this ship is sailing.
“Bring me someone in the top 10. I just want to get in there and punch someone’s head in. I couldn’t care less about who is in front of me right now. I just want to get it on. It’s not going twelve rounds.
“I’m doing Jaime Munguia’s leftovers; he was a world champion and I’m fighting for no belt at the moment. I’ll take over everyone he fought when he had the world title. I’m fighting all of these boys without a world title.”
Tszyu (19-0, 15 KOs) has become a superstar in Australia, but he's ready to travel for much bigger fights.
He cautions that his upcoming bout with Inoue could very well be his final fight in Australia.
“It could be my last fight here in Australia, you never know,” Tszyu said.
“The manager and promoter pulled it off, even when everyone thought it couldn’t be done. It just shows we are leading the pack here in Australia. It’s a good stepping stone to the big boys. It was always my goal to entertain the Aussie fans, to give them an opportunity to experience this with me.
“The further you go in your career, the more it goes to the international level. We can host events here, but the big time is in the States. That’s where we will be going eventually. This will be a tough challenge, I’m sure he will give me my toughest fight, the toughest test of my career.”