By Mark Vester
Former champion Kostya Tszyu appeared on Long Lunch Today, a television program on Fox Sports News in Australia, and during the program he continued to deny his retirement despite the fact that he's been inactive since the 2005 TKO loss to Ricky Hatton. During the program Tszyu was making some wild statements about returning to the sport but only if a fight with Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. or even Shane Mosley was on the table.
Tszyu would only require six months to get back into fighting shape. He didn't look too good in his final career fight and he turns 41-years-old very soon.
“I have not officially retired – even after the loss to Ricky Hatton I have never stated that I am retired from the sport completely. I have not ruled out a return to the boxing ring but the opportunity would have to be right. It would have to be something big. It would take me about six months to get myself back into shape to compete again so it would have to be something different," Tszyu was quoted as saying by Australian reporter Craig Watt.
"A fight against big named boxers would be the only thing that would excite me to push my body into the pain. Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosely – that would be a good challenge for me to fight the winner. Also Manny Pacquiao is the best fighter in the world and he is in my division. You never know what can happen in boxing but it is these types of fights that could entice me back to the boxing ring.”
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