Tim Tszyu has made his U.S. debut, taking Terrell Gausha to places he had never been before — now the Australian has declared he is ready to “conquer the world”.
And Tszyu admits the prospect of setting up camp in America is a “possibility” as he looks to achieve that.
Speaking to Fox Sports News after arriving back at Sydney International Airport on Tuesday morning, Tszyu was well-rested and already looking towards the future.
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Sure, first up will be time at home to relax but after a few days Tszyu will be right back into training and could be back on a plane to America as he plots a swing at the world title.
“It was just a buzz. I’ve watched all this stuff on TV and to experience it first-hand was unreal,” he said of his time in America.
“I wouldn’t move there. Australia is my home. I do want to fight here in Australia but there is something [in America]when I got there it was like a new chapter, a new beginning, I want to conquer America and conquer it for the next 10 years. Once you conquer America, you conquer the world.
“I reckon I belong there [in America]. That is the place I want to be.”
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The next step towards conquering the world is a shot at the winner of the fight between Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo for the super welterweight’s unified titles on May 14.
Charlo holds the WBC, IBF and WBA super welterweight titles while Castano is the WBO champion.
If Tszyu had it his way, the winner would relinquish the belts, giving him the chance to fight for every single one.
“It would just be better,” he laughs.
As for a prediction, Tszyu still thinks Castano has the edge and still says Charlo is far from the “lion” he likes to call himself.
“Charlo the other day made a video, started barking up at me, the little pussycat can say what he wants,” Tszyu said.
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While Tszyu has already conquered Australia, he headed to America still as somewhat of an unknown quality, judged by his last name like he was during the early stages of his career down under.
Now though, having dominated Gausha on Sunday outside of the opening round knockdown, Tszyu said that is no longer an issue for him.
“Terrell is a top fighter. All the boys know him there and be able to take him out [is good],” Tszyu said.
“He’s a boxer and in the top five in the division as well. After the first round, I felt like I was in control the whole time. I was dominating.
“He was in a world of trouble and it was a good feeling. I was the headline on a Showtime pay-per-view in America, that was massive and know everyone knows.
“Errol Spence was talking about, Charlo was talking about it. They were all watching and they all know, so they are some intriguing fights to be made, some super fights to be made and I’m glad I’m noticed now. Not just noticed but everybody knows me there now.”
Everybody also knows Tszyu’s vulnerabilities, something brother Nikita admitted post-fight when speaking to Main Event TV.
“It was also good to see the negatives, the things he has to learn and work on, because ultimately it’s a journey, this sport,” he said.
“You can’t be stationary. You always want to learn and improve. He showed holes in his game plan, holes in his armour. He’ll learn from it.”
Tszyu though, while always willing to learn and develop his craft, was not too concerned.
“Of course it [going to war] is a risk,” he said.
“I’ve got to be smarter in the way I fight but at the same time, as soon as I felt his punches I was like: ‘Whatever man’, I just walked through it. The fans loved it. The whole crowd was crazy.”
Tszyu was then asked whether he may follow a similar path to Canelo Alvarez, who was similarly aggressive in fights before making a change to his approach after his majority decision to defeat to Floyd Mayweather.
Specifically, is there a chance Tszyu also may work on his head movement and angles to avoid getting hit like he did in the first round against Gausha?
“Yeah it could be [my next step],” he said.
“There is so much more growth for myself and as a fighter I feel like I am still developing and growing. I can do head movement but sometimes I don’t want to. I just want to bang on. I knew this guy was a boxer and wanted to jab around but I wanted to bang on.”