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Tim Tszyu tells Jermell Charlo to suck it up, eyes Brian Mendoza bout

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Gregg Porteous/No Limit Boxing

Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) has hit back at Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) for claiming the WBO has treated him unfairly.

Charlo is set to face undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30. He will enter the ring as the undisputed junior middleweight champion but as soon as the bell rings, he will be stripped of his WBO belt.

When that happens, interim champion Tszyu will be elevated to full championship status.

The WBO’s ruling hasn’t sat well with Charlo, who cancelled his January mandatory title defence against Tszyu after injuring his hand in December and opted to swerve the undefeated 28-year-old Australian in favour of a big money fight against Mexican superstar Alvarez.

“I think it’s unfair,” said Charlo of the Puerto Rican sanctioning body’s move to strip him of one of his titles. “You know, the WBO been at my neck for a very long time.”

Charlo added: “I’m still undisputed, no matter what. I’m undisputed to my children, I’m undisputed to my family, I’m undisputed to the boxing world. And that’s it.”

While Charlo has been sidelined Tszyu has stayed busy. In March he knocked out the only man to defeat Charlo, Tony Harrison 29-4-1 (21), in nine rounds to be award the WBO interim title. Three months later he rolled through Carlos Ocampo 35-3 (23) in one while waiting for Charlo to be ready to fight.

Tszyu says Charlo has no reason to grip about being stripped.

“A year and a half I was supposed to fight him and then he had the deadline. Rules are rules,” Tszyu said on Jai McAllister’s YouTube channel. “There has to be justice. You can’t just hold up the division, you know?

“It’s wrong. If he wants that belt back, then bring the other three along with it because I want all four. One hundred percent.

“He’s already talking about coming back down, which means he already knows he’s going to lose to Canelo.

“Now forever in the history books, Tim Tszyu will be written forever as time goes past, so I guess it is a great achievement, but I’m excited for what’s ahead and what’s ahead. It’s exciting.”

The future does indeed look bright for Tszyu, who is in talks to face WBC interim titleholder Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-2 (16). The 29-year-old American is fresh off his upset loss over elongated Mexican southpaw Sebastian Fundora 20-1-1 (13) by seventh-round knockout in April.

“The Mendoza fight does interest me a lot because we’re the two men in the super welterweight division besides the other bloke who doesn’t fight and who goes up the other two weight divisions,” Tszyu said.

“We’re the other two at the top.

“[Mendoza] needs to worry about what I bring. It’s a fight for each other’s will and who’s going to grab that will first.”