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Tim Tszyu wants to be presented with WBO belt ringside at Jermell Charlo’s next fight

Tim Tszyu (right) dominated Tony Harrison. Photo credit: Getty Images

Interim WBO junior middleweight champion Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) is hoping to be presented with the full WBO championship belt when he is ringside for the fight between current undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) and undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Charlo has been allowed to enter the ring against Mexican superstar Alvarez as the king of the junior welterweights for a fight being billed as “Undisputed vs Undisputed” but will be stripped of his recognition as champion by the WBO as soon as the opening bell rings.

Tszyu, the longtime mandatory challenger for the title, will then be upgraded to full championship status.

The 28-year-old Australian has long coveted a shot at Charlo. They were supposed to fight in January this year before Texan Charlo, 33, suffered two fractures to his left hand while training in late December. Talk of rescheduling the bout never resulted in the fight being made.

Tszyu, who will be in Las Vegas training for his October 15 bout against Brian Mendoza 22-2 (16), has taken every opportunity to needle Charlo about not fighting him and being ringside for his next fight will present him with another chance to get under the current champion’s skin.

“How good would that be [if I got the belt that night]? And definitely funny. I could walk around that entire venue in Las Vegas saying ‘I’m the WBO champ now, you’re no longer fucking undisputed’,” Tszyu said to Fox Sports Australia.

Tszyu is not worried about his antics upsetting Charlo’s family, friends and fans, saying he is not looking for trouble outside the ring.

“Because I’m no thug. I wasn’t brought up that way. I just want to put on cracking fights. Simple. I’m not disrespectful to anybody,” Tszyu said.

“Don’t want to fight anybody outside the boxing ring, either. Never have. That’s why I don’t need a bigger entourage. I just see them as a bunch of hyenas. Hyenas in packs. But I don’t need that. I’m fine by myself… I’m a wolf.”

Tszyu, who defeated the only man to beat Charlo in Tony Harrison 29-4-1 (21) in March, has always wanted a chance to prove his worth against a champion like Charlo, but says he would also happily jump up two weight classes to face Alvarez if the opportunity presents itself.

“You can’t just keep pulling out of fights like that,” he said. “There has to be justice. And now, it just makes things more interesting. Because if he wants to become the division’s undisputed champion again, you know where he has to come to.

“So that fight, it’s inevitable. But to be honest, what I really want is the winner of Canelo versus Charlo.”