MINNEAPOLIS – Tim Tszyu entered the year with the hope of next challenging for the WBO junior middleweight title.

The unbeaten contender has come to the realization that he will have to wait for that mandatory title fight to materialize, though not to the point of sitting on the sidelines.

“I have to stay active,” Tszyu told BoxingScene.com following his latest win, a twelve-round decision over former title challenger Terrell Gausha.

The fight marked the celebrated U.S. debut of Australia’s Tszyu (21-0, 15KOs), who overcame an opening-round knockdown to win by scores of 116-111, 115-112 and 114-113 this past Saturday at The Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fight headlined a televised tripleheader on Showtime, which will house his next couple of fights.  

The next one will not come as the mandatory challenger for the WBO junior middleweight title held by Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12KOs). Such a fight would require Tszyu to wait out Castano’s upcoming undisputed championship rematch with lineal/WBA/WBC/IBF champ Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18KOs), which will take place May 14 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Tszyu plans to attend the fight and call out the winner, though also ideally with his next fight already scheduled as he has little hope of either fighter returning to the ring in a timely fashion.

“If [Charlo and Castano] are just gonna go on their honeymoon after their one fight this year, what am I gonna do,” theorized Tszyu, who has fought six times since the pandemic compared a combined four fights for Charlo and Castano over that same stretch. “I can’t just wait around for my love… my boxing love to come back.

“You gotta stay active and make as much money as you possibly can. And you have to improve day by day. It’s quite simple.” 

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox