In a surprising turn of events, Tim Tszyu’s highly anticipated first defence of his interim boxing world title is now at risk after the Australian fighter underwent surgery to treat a laceration on his right forearm. The injury, which reportedly occurred during a barbecue over the weekend, has left Tszyu in a race against time to recover and prove his fitness ahead of his scheduled WBO super welterweight title bout against Carlos Ocampo on June 18.
Tszyu, who is set to face the Mexican fighter on the Gold Coast in just three weeks, now faces an uphill battle to defend the belt he won in March. While his camp has stated that the wound is superficial and has received proper medical attention from the team doctor and a surgeon, the incident is bound to have an impact on Tszyu’s preparations for the crucial fight. Enhance your boxing viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
Despite the setback, Glen Jennings, Tszyu’s manager, remains optimistic about his fighter’s chances. He revealed that the post-surgery report was encouraging, and he has “no doubt” that Tszyu will be ready to step into the ring on June 18. However, the incident has undoubtedly disrupted the boxer’s training and could potentially affect his performance in the upcoming match.
The implications of this injury extend beyond Tszyu’s immediate fight against Ocampo. A victory would secure him a guaranteed unification fight against Jermell Charlo later this year, making it a crucial stepping stone in his career. Tszyu’s team, including No Limit CEO and Tszyu’s promoter, George Rose, acknowledges the less than ideal circumstances surrounding the fighter’s hospitalization so close to the world title fight. However, Rose remains confident in Tszyu’s ability to overcome this hurdle, citing the fighter’s exceptional team and their reassurances regarding his readiness for the upcoming bout.
The boxing world now eagerly awaits updates on Tszyu’s recovery progress as he strives to bounce back from this unexpected setback. With his determination, the support of his team, and the clock ticking, Tszyu is determined to prove that he is more than capable of defending his interim boxing world title against Carlos Ocampo on June 18. Get all the latest updates from the world of boxing only on Nextbet Sports.