Tim Tszyu mentally noted all the spikes that Brian Castano threw at him.
Like the one where the Australian is not worthy of contesting his world title, or that he is too inexperienced, or that he is too afraid to face him elsewhere than at home.
âYeah, once I start slapping him in the face, he’s going to regret his words, I guess,â Tszyu said.
Tszyu has a guaranteed chance of winning a world title after the WBO ruled he was the mandatory challenger for Castano’s super welterweight belt. But rather than wait for his chance to fight the Argentinian world champion – who belittled him in numerous interviews – Tszyu will put his unbeaten record against Takeshi Inoue at risk at Qudos Bank Arena on November 17.
Inoue is Tszyu’s most accredited opponent to date, ranked seventh in the world by the WBO. The Japanese fighter has only lost one of his 19 fights and looks like the perfect tune-up fight before famous player Kostya’s son turns to Castano.
“That’s the thing. He’s mandatory now, so he has no choice but to fight me,” Tszyu said.
Castano was involved in a controversial split-decision draw in what has been dubbed a unifying title fight against WBA, WBC and IBF champion Jermell Charlo.
Most commentators felt Castano did enough to earn a points decision, but the result means the fighters are keeping their respective belts.