Charlo Expects Tszyu Summer Showdown: “It Could Be August Or July”

Jermell Charlo vs Tim Tszyu Looks Likely For Late Summer

Jermell Charlo expects to face Tim Tszyu in the summer
Jermell Charlo (L, Stephanie Trapp/Showtime), Tim Tszyu (Ryan Hafey)

Jermell Charlo Expecting Summer Fight with Mandatory Challenger Tim Tszyu

Rather than stage his last scheduled fight, undisputed super welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO’s) was sidelined with a hand injury. Had he fought, he would have done so against #1 (WBO) ranked fighter Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu (22-0, 16 KO’s). Rather than ride the pine waiting however, Tszyu faced and defeated Tony Harrison in a hometown duel. With Harrison out of the way, the road was once again clear for the original Charlo versus Tszyu prizefight. The question remains however, will Iron Man be ready?

Well, as Charlo explained on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, his availability will not be a problem.

“The hand is going, I’m doing everything I can for rehab . . . it’s going to be stronger than it was before!”


It’s actually great news that Charlo is so confident regarding his readiness. This is because the WBO has issued a mandate that they want official medical reports to outline when he will be ready to next slip through the ropes. As far as the undisputed champion is concerned, he’ll be set and ready to go for a summer fight to defend his belts.

“By the summer or so, middle of this year sometime; it could be August, it could be July!”

Tszyu versus Charlo always held a good amount of intrigue. Yet now that The Soul Taker has so thoroughly dismantled Harrison, the bout has a bit more zest. Especially since Harrison is the only fighter to serve Charlo a professional defeat. So, let’s hope that we don’t have any more delays for whatever reason and these two fist-flingers can stage a summer showdown!

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