Prominent boxing promoter reveals devastation on Tim Tszyu’s camp for losing Las Vegas megaabout… but insists a fight with world champion Jermell Charlo is still planned
- George Rose Smashed That Charlo’s Fight Didn’t Work Out
- The promoter believed that Tszyu would have shocked the champion
- Rose says blockbuster fight still up for grabs
Boxing promoter George Rose opened his heart to Tim Tszyu’s fight with undisputed champion Jermell Charlo falling, but insists the fight is still up for grabs when the Aussie finishes with Tony Harrison.
Tszyu was scheduled to fight Charlo in January for the American’s IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO super middleweight belts, in a fight that promised a knockout.
However, the highly successful world title fight was called off when Charlo broke two bones in his hand during a fight in December.
Tszyu then faced American Tony Harrison, who he will fight in Sydney next month, with the WBO interim welterweight belt on the line.
Rose is looking forward to the event at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday, March 12th – but has also expressed extreme disappointment at the cancellation of Charlo’s fight.
Boxing promoter George Rose (pictured) has opened up about Tim Tszyu’s bout with undisputed champion Jermell Charlo falling, but insists the fight is still up for grabs when the Aussie finishes with Tony Harrison
Tszyu was scheduled to face Charlo in January for the American’s IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO super middleweight belts, in a fight that promised a knockout.
Rose believed Tszyu could have defeated undisputed champion Jermell Charlo (pictured) and walked away with his belts
‘We love doing events in Australia, to be honest we were really excited to go to Las Vegas, everyone was,’ said Rose on SEN’s Them’s Fightin Words.
‘If you saw Tim’s progression over the last two years, should he go abroad throughout the Covid period, he was ready to go and tackle the international struggles.
‘But because of the restricted travel during Covid it ended up not happening, as soon as we got out of that then the opportunity (came) to fight for the undisputed world title, we were so excited.
‘Then Charlo gets hurt, fortunately in a short period we managed to turn around and take the fight here, bring an international like Tony Harrison here in such a short turnaround.’
Rose thought Tszyu could surprise one of the most highly regarded fighters in the world and walk away with the undisputed title.
‘We were sneaking out the back door, we were closing in on Charlo, obviously he knows who Tim is, but a lot of American fighters don’t respect Australian fighters and they don’t respect what they did to get to where they are. they are,’ added Rose.
“It was going to be perfect, sneak in the back door, arrest Charlo, become the undisputed world champion, so everyone’s been warned and everyone realizes what a star Tim is.
‘A win over Tony Harrison will still give him great credibility in the States, but again, it probably takes away some of that sneaky factor we had going for him.
A win over tough American Tony Harrison (pictured) will put Tszyu in the conversation for another shot at Charlo
Tszyu will face Harrison on March 12 in Sydney for the interim WBO super middleweight belt
‘It’s still in the cards after a win over Tony Harrison to go there and fight Charlo in Las Vegas.’
Harrison, who lands in Sydney on Tuesday, says he’ll take the fight against the Australian very seriously, but says Tszyu’s style is nothing he’s ever seen before.
‘To be honest, Tim is a very tough fighter, but he’s so basic to me,’ he said.
“He’s someone I see around the block.”
‘He’s like someone in the park when I’m fighting someone in the park. There’s nothing special about it. Its defense is not stellar, its offense is not stellar.’