WBO mandatory status of Tim Tszyu could interrupt the junior welterweight undisputed rematch
When the undisputed battle with unified junior welterweight champion Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (34-1-1, 18ko), and WBO champion Brian “El Boxi” Castaño (17-0-1, 12ko) ended in a draw, the boxing world immediately called for the rematch. However, Tim “The Soul Taker” Tszyu, mandated by the WBO, has just crashed the party.
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that has been following this story. Immediately following the conclusion of the undisputed contest, the WBO top spot-holder took to social media to inform Castaño that he is ready.
“Congrats Brian Castaño. I am ready when you are.”
Both champions have expressed wanting to do a rematch during the post-fight press conference. Charlo was very candid about the fight. However, he was not sure when it would happen.
“I think that I would of course take a rematch. Don’t know when but I would love to get in there and fight him again.”
Well, the recent news circulating is the WBO mandating Castaño to fight the undefeated Australian, which could derail the plans for a rematch. Glen Jennings, the manager for Tszyu, revealed the decision from the organization.
“Some great news this morning. After weeks of hard work back-and-forth with WBO, we received written confirmation that Tim is now mandated for a world title fight. Most likely February 2022.”
That latter statement is very important. If the rematch was to be in the works, then it needs to happen this year. Moreover, with under four months left in the year, it seems highly unlikely anything can get done within an allowable timeframe.
Tim Tszyu improved his record to 19-0, 15 KO’s by sparking Steve Spark in three rounds back on July 7. Moreover, he has been holding the number one position since the beginning of the year. If anyone thinks he will step aside, they can guess again as his recent social media suggests he wants it all.
By: Garrisson Bland