Team Tszyu: “We Will Happily Step In And Take Charlo”

Tim Tsyzu Offers to Replace Brian Castano to Battle Unified Champion Charlo

Tim Tszyu stands ready to battle Jermell Charlo
Tim Tszyu (left), Jermell Charlo

Tim Tszyu Willing to Face Jermell Charlo on March 19

As previously reported by 3Kings Boxing, WBO junior middleweight champion Brian Castano (17-0-2, 12 KOs) withdrew from his March 19 rematch with unified 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) after injuring his shoulder in training. While Charlo-Castano II is on the shelf, an intriguing alternative match could be on the horizon featuring Tim Tszyu (20-0, 15 KOs).

Tszyu is the mandatory WBO junior middleweight challenger and was to fight Terrell Gausha on the Charlo-Castano II undercard. With Castano expected to be out until May, Tszyu’s promoter, No Limit, reached out to the WBO expressing concerns over having to wait further for their title shot. The sanctioning body has since issued what they called a “show clause” to Charlo and Castano, questioning whether they should immediately enforce Castano’s mandatory defense with Tszyu.


In response, Team Tszyu is making a last-ditch effort to save the March 19 card. On social media, Team Tszyu released a statement offering to fill in for Castano and face Charlo.

Team Tszyu offers to fill-in for Castano to face Jermell Charlo

The son of the former undisputed junior welterweight champion, Kostya Tszyu, he became the mandatory challenger with a unanimous decision win over former world title challenger Takeshi Inoue in November of 2021.


One of the more popular fighters in Australia, the native of New South Wales has been impressive as a pro. Not only does he have a striking resemblance to his father, but he also favors him in terms of fighting style. The physical strength and power are obvious. However, to label him a power-puncher would be a mistake. The younger Tszyu is a very technically sound, disciplined fighter who happens to have plenty of pop in his fists

Whether he gets the chance to face Charlo in March is up in the air. One would suspect the unified 154-pound champ would have to be offered additional money to even entertain that option. At the very least, you must applaud the confidence and sheer audacity of Team Tszyu in making such a ballsy move. Stay tuned to 3Kings Boxing for further developments.

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By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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