Tim Tszyu vs. Terence Crawford: Boxing’s Next Mega-Showdown Emerges?

Tszyu vs. Crawford

In the wake of Tim Tszyu’s upcoming showdown with Sebastian Fundora this Saturday in Las Vegas, discussions for a potential blockbuster bout between Tszyu and WBO mandatory challenger Terence Crawford are set to kick off promptly. Tszyu and his manager, Glen Jennings, are poised to initiate negotiations with Crawford following their anticipated bout against Fundora, with the aim of securing a lucrative clash between the two boxing titans.

However, Tszyu’s aspirations for a mega-fight with Crawford could be jeopardized by Fundora, who, despite being a late replacement, possesses the ability to upset Tszyu’s plans. Despite Tszyu’s status as the favorite in the encounter, the sudden change in opponent leaves uncertainties about his readiness to face Fundora’s unique stature with limited preparation time.

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Crawford, boasting an impeccable record of 40-0, has already taken steps to position himself for a showdown with Tszyu by leveraging his ‘Super Champion’ status with the World Boxing Organization. The prospect of moving up in weight to challenge the winner of Saturday’s clash is an enticing one for Crawford, especially given the potential financial windfall from Australian pay-per-view sales in a bout against Tszyu.

For Crawford, a bout against Tszyu holds far greater appeal than facing Fundora, whose lack of widespread recognition outside the United States diminishes the potential magnitude of the fight. Moreover, a victory over Tszyu could significantly bolster Crawford’s chances of securing a lucrative retirement bout against undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez in late 2024 or early 2025.

The narrative becomes even more compelling if Tszyu emerges victorious against Crawford, setting the stage for a monumental payday against Canelo. However, should Tszyu overcome Crawford, the likelihood of a rematch between the two looms large, promising to generate substantial fan interest and anticipation for a second showdown.

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