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Tim Tszyu: Jermell Charlo loses to both Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford

Tim Tszyu. Photo credit: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Tim Tszyu 23-0 (17) is expecting Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) to come slinking back to the junior middleweight division after losing his ambitious challenge to undisputed super middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

The 28-year-old Australian will be elevated from WBO interim junior middleweight titleholder to full championship status when current undisputed champion Charlo steps through the ropes to face Mexican superstar Alvarez after the Puerto Rican sanctioning body announced they would strip him of the belt when the first bell rings.

Tszyu was scheduled to face Charlo in late January for all the belts at 154-pounds before the 33-year-old Texan was forced to withdraw a month out from the bout after suffering a pair of fracture in his left hand in sparring.

The fight was never officially rescheduled and when the opportunity came to make big money against Alvarez, Charlo didn’t think twice.

But Tszyu thinks Charlo is in for a rude awakening against the 33-year-old Alvarez and expects him to come looking for his old belts back with a second loss on his ledger.

“Charlo will be coming back to this division,” Tszyu said to Fox Sports Australia. “And he has to come back down if he wants to be undisputed again.

“I feel like Canelo, he’s just a different monster. Too big, and too strong. Plus, Charlo has been out of the ring, on a honeymoon.

“And compared to the other undisputed world champions, he doesn’t stand out to me.”

Tszyu sees Alvarez hunting Charlo down while the challenger boxes to survive.

“Because I think Charlo will move around and Canelo will chase him,” Tszyu said. “Canelo chases, chases, chases while Charlo moves, moves, moves.

“It could actually go to points, man.”

One name that has been regularly linked with Charlo’s is that of recently crowned undisputed welterweight champion Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford 40-0 (31) who added the WBC, WBA and IBF titles of Errol ‘The Truth’ Spence Jr 28-1 (22) to his WBO strap with a ninth-round knockout in July.

During the bout the 35-year-old Crawford jawed at Spence’s stablemate Charlo at ringside. The bad blood between the pair seems real.

And while Crawford is contractually obliged to give Spence a rematch, the boxing world is far more intrigued by the prospect of the 35-year-old switch-hitter from Omaha, Nebraska facing either Charlo or Alvarez.

Tszyu has a very firm view of how a Crawford-Charlo bout plays out.

“Crawford whoops him,” he said. “Charlo’s mind is all over the place. I really don’t know about him. Rather than calling people out, he needs to fight.

“And I’m glad he is at least now finally doing that for the first time in a year-and-a-half.”

Tszyu is currently in camp in the US preparing for his bout against 29-year-old American Brian Mendoza 22-2 (16) at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia on October 15.

“Right now too, it’s an interesting time for the 154-pound division,” Tszyu said.

“The names are getting bigger and bigger, a few boys are (talking about) coming up… it’s a good time to be here.”