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Tim Tszyu adds Canelo Alvarez to his hit list, says Jermell Charlo will get whooped

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Tim Tszyu’s rage knows no bounds.

The WBO interim junior middleweight titleholder has been waiting for his mandated shot at undisputed champion Jermell Charlo since late last year.

The fight was originally scheduled for January 29 before Charlo 35-1-1 (19) fractured two bones in his left hand before Christmas and was forced to withdraw from the bout.

Never one to remain idle, Tszyu 23-0 (17) has rolled through Charlo conqueror Tony Harrison 29-4-1 (21) in nine rounds and Mexican 154-pound champion Carlos Ocampo 35-3 (23) in one in his two bouts to date this year while waiting for the 33-year-old American’s hand to heel.

The WBO had ordered Charlo to face Tszyu no later than September 30, but in a move that shocked the boxing world, Charlo signed on to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) in Las Vegas on the same date.

The decision has not gone down well with Tszyu, who has added the 33-year-old Mexican superstar to his shit-list.

“I’m even angry at Canelo,” Tszyu said to Fox Sports Australia. “He’s taken what I wanted so he’s part of that list now as well. I’m going to be like John Wick, call me John Wick from now on.”

Tszyu does not see the fight playing out well for Charlo.

“I feel like once he gets into the ring [Charlo] will be stripped straight away,” Tszyu said.

“I think that fight’s undisputed v undisputed… it’s the marketing part of the fight and we all know that’s how this boxing game works. But I will be the WBO world champion (afterwards) – 100 percent, guaranteed.

“I think he gets his ass whooped. Charlo is gonna lose. He was going to lose his next fight no matter what. It was either me or Canelo. So he decides to take the one with the bigger payday – simple.”

While the surprise move by Charlo to jump up two weight classes caught Tszyu off guard, he will not sit around on his hands waiting to see if the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF champion decides to return to the 154-pound weight class.

Instead, he plans to remain busy and chase the biggest fights available, regardless of weight class.

“Wherever the big fights are. I’ve got three, maybe four fights at super welterweight – whatever gets the most attention – then move up. So we’ll see how long I stay in this division. At the end of the day it’s all about creating highlight reels that live on throughout eternity,” Tszyu said.

“Make a decent amount of money and make friends and family around you proud. When I first came into this sport it was belts, this and that… but my mentality has changed. Belts won’t define me. What will define me is the highlights, the legacy that I keep making. And while belts are part of that, I’ll fight ‘Mel for no belt. I don’t care. Belts are just a nice little prize to have.”