Tim Tszyu lets rip at rivals after devastating news as boxing title bout confirmed

The Aussie WBO champion is looking to emulate his father's record.

Tim Tszyu hasn't held back on his former rivals after he would have been fuming Keith Thurman withdrew from the mega boxing showdown next week with a muscle injury. Tszyu would have been left frustrated on Monday night after news emerged US boxer Thurman had injured his bicep in training and would be withdrawing from their bout.

The Aussie was looking to headline a US main event show for the first time and was keen to take on the popular American. But the injury left their showdown in tatters with a replacement needed. Tszyu could have just postponed the show, but instead it has been announced he will fight towering American Sebastian Fundora instead.

Tim Tszyu (pictued left) can now emulate his father and win a WBC championship belt after the brutal news his bout with Keith Thurman is off. (Getty Images)
Tim Tszyu (pictued left) can now emulate his father and win a WBC championship belt after the brutal news his bout with Keith Thurman is off. (Getty Images)

While not the showstopper bout Tszyu would have hoped for, this fight will give him the chance to add the WBC super-welterweight championship belt to his WBO collection. His bout against Thurman was not a scheduled title bout since it wasn't taking place in the right weight.

After a night of negotiations, Tszyu won't place his belt on the line against Fundora because it will be taking place at one pound over the limit. While Tszyu is ready to add another belt to his collection, he didn't waste anytime on Tuesday to blast his rivals.

He also put the superstars of boxing on notice having mentioned megastar Terence Crawford and Errol Spence as his potential opponents in the future. The Aussie is hoping a win over Fundora will help him earn a mega-money fight with either American.

Tim Tszyu loking to emulate father's belt feat

Tszyu has been praised for his throwback style having kept the show alive to take on a new fighter with just 12 days notice. The Aussie and his new opponent will be sure to put on an entertaining bout with Fundora no stranger to slogging it out with his opponents. Tszyu will have to change his tactics against Fundora with the 26-year-old American a southpaw and measuring 6'6 in height.

Despite the change to opponent, Tszyu will now be looking at securing another belt. And if he is able to win the WBC super-welterweight title he will follow in his father's footsteps. Kostya Tszyu won the WBC belt against Miguel Angel Gonzalez 25 years ago, having already won the IBF belt a few years earlier.

Tim Tszyu celebrates.
Tim Tszyu (pictured) will no longer face Keith Thurman. (Bradley Kanaris via Getty Images)

Tszyu's new opponent is some 26cm taller than Thurman. He was already set to fight Ukraine's Serhii Bohachuk for the vacant WBC super-middleweight belt on the same card, but has been moved to the main event. Fundora's only loss came to Brian Mendoza last year. Tszyu defeated Mendoza in a unanimous decision victory later that same year.

Tszyu has been hit with a number of setbacks in his career with opponents withdrawaing. He was expected to fight former divisional king Jermell Charlo in Vegas in January 2023 for the all the belts. Charlo withdrew from the bout after he hurt his hand in training.

He then postponed the fight, before he pulled out altogether to move up in weight and fight Canelo Alvarez in a mega-money bout. Since then, Tszyu has given up on calling out Charlo after claiming he was "holding up the division".