By Craig Daly: Tim Tszyu will have to wait a bit longer to challenge undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo, as the newly crowned four-belt champ has broken his hand while preparing for his now-postponed January 28 fight on Showtime. at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.
Charlo, 32, injured his left hand last Tuesday during a training session. The fracture is in two places, and the hand is now put in a cast, which will remain for the next two months.
Once the cast is removed, Jermell will begin healing his injured hand.
The Charlo vs. Tszyu fight does not yet have a rescheduled date, but it will be announced shortly. In the meantime, Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) says he’s ready to fight the next mandatory in the meantime while he waits for 32-year-old Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs) to heal his left hand broken.
“I’m very disappointed, but we’re moving on,” Tszyu said. “I’m ready to face the next mandatory challenger. I’ll be back for Charlo once he’s ready and healed.
It’s unclear who the 28-year-old Tszyu might be fighting while waiting for Charlo to slowly heal, as it could take a long time before he’s 100% and ready to go.
Some options for Tszyu:
- Tony Harrisson
- Bakhram Murtazaliev
- Charles Conwell
- Josh Kelly
- Alexandre Zayas
- Brian Castano
Former WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) would be an ideal opponent for Tszyu to fight while Jermell licks his wounds, and it would be a matchup that would bring great ratings on Showtime.
Charlo talks about his injury situation
“I was sparring, and I threw this nice punch, and as soon as it landed, I knew something was wrong. I felt my hand throb right away,” said Jermell Charlo.
“I had two x-rays and an MRI to see what was wrong. It showed that it was broken in two places. I hate this feeling. My hand will be in plaster for two months. It was my first chance to defend the undisputed title.
“I would have beaten Tim Tszyu with one handbut the doctors and boxing commission won’t allow it.
“I hit harder than ever, and those are things that happen when you push yourself to your limits. After my hand heals, I come back stronger than ever to defend my legacy.”
Facing a puncher like Tszyu, the last thing Jermell would want to do is fight with an injured member. Tszyu would be like a hyena preying on an injured lion, and he would have a huge advantage.