Tim Tszyu says he is preparing for a “huge moment in Australian sporting history” when he fights undisputed world champion Jermell Charlo in a long-awaited showdown in Las Vegas next year, but admits he is nervous about the challenge.
The Australian light-middleweight champion left for the US on Monday for nearly two months of training ahead of the January 29 fight, with all four super welterweight belts (IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO) on the line. . If he succeeds, he will join an elite club of just eight undisputed champions in the four-belt era.
Tszyu previously said a win was “guaranteed” against the two-weight world champion, and the confidence continued as he prepared to leave Sydney.
“I have a big task ahead of me, there’s no denying that,” he told reporters before boarding his flight to Los Angeles, where he will stay for the rest of the year before moving to Las Vegas. “But I am no stranger to this. I accept any challenge and this is the biggest challenge out there right now.
“I would say there is a bit of nerves. But it’s just kill or be killed right now. I’m going hunting
“This is the time for me to take things to the next level. I did the legwork here in Australia, I went to Thailand [and] I fixed my conditioning so now I’m just making plans for the fight, working on skills and just leveling up.”
Tszyu defeated Terrell Gausha in the US earlier this year and is aiming to replicate his successful build up to that fight, taking a “tunnel vision” approach as the fight approaches.
“I can eliminate the distractions,” Tszyu said. “I haven’t had that in a long time. I feel like I have achieved nothing until I have these four belts around my waist. For me, I haven’t done anything yet.”