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Tim Tszyu labels Jermell Charlo a drunk after social media rant

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Glenn Hampson/News Corp Australia

Undefeated WBO interim junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu 22-0 (16) has laughed off comments from undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19), labelling him a drunk.

The 28-year-old Australian is waiting on Charlo’s injured hand to heal so that he can get a shot at his WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF anf Ring Magazine championships. The WBO has set a deadline of September 30 for the bout to take place.

In the meantime, Tszyu has lined up a fight with hard-nosed Mexican Carlos Ocampo 35-2 (23) that will take place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

While he has had his nose to the grindstone preparing for the fight, American Charlo, 33, has been sniping at Tszyu on social media.

Last week Charlo took to Instagram to let the world know what he really thought about Tszyu.

“When they release me, I’m knocking that bitch out from Australia, and I ain’t going to say nothing else,” Charlo said.

“Yeah, this motherfucker running his mouth and talk. You got to get confirmation from all the motherfuckers that you fought some because I’ve done my due diligence in the world of boxing.

“At 154, I’m the king. I’ve been a king; I’m the king. You got to go try to. You know what Tony Harrison told you. You got this staircase over here.

“Keep building yourself. When I do fight you, bitch, it’s over. I don’t play that shit. Big things in the way.”

Asked this week about Charlo’s comments, Tszyu told Fox Sports Australia he hadn’t heard them, but he did have a response.

“I haven’t seen it,” he said. “But he does get on the piss a lot and start yapping his mouth on Instagram. I think that’s his problem.”

Tszyu added that it’s not the belts that motivate him to face Charlo, it’s having his name on his ledger next to a W.

“I want the name Charlo,” he said. “That’s the number one priority, the name I want on my resume. For me, it’s become… even if Charlo was to vacate, it’s not about the belts anymore. It’s about the resume and the names and highlights you put on the resume. So Charlo is my aim.

“When you play video games there’s the big boss and then there are all these little bosses along the way to the big boss. So Ocampo is next.

“But Charlo is the big boss that I have my eye on.”

Ocampo, 27, is the number one boxer in his country in his weight class. His only two losses came to current WBC, WBA and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr early in his career and a 12-round points loss to 6-foot-6 contender Sebastian Fundora last year.

Tszyu knows he is in for a rugged fight, but still expects to get Ocampo out of there within the distance.

Asked for a prediction, he said: “Round five,” before adding, “I know he’s tough, so it could go the distance. I know he’s a fighter that has never backed down so he could be hard to get rid of.

“But look, I believe in myself. What I go through. And I think the opportunity (for a knockout) will come. But I’m ready for a tough fight.”