Tim Tszyu takes a big step up in competition when he battles Takeshi Inoue but will lose a lot more, of he fails to emerge victorious in their Middleweight battle on Wednesday at the Qudos Park Arena.
The unbeaten Australian will put his unbeaten record and WBO No.1 status on the line against Inoue and will lose both, including a title shot against Unified middleweight champion Brian Castano, which has been projected for a date in 2022.
The second generation Boxer has a rematch clause but that won’t be enough as he has all his cards arranged for him in the Junior middleweight division and with everything going in his favour. He will need to first start working on a rematch, which further pushes his chances of a title shot to maybe 2023.
“A loss in this fight, a rematch won’t avenge what he loses,” said George Rose of No Limit, Tszyu’s promoter, to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s not just a loss to Takeshi, it’s a loss of being the mandatory challenger, a loss of No.1 ranking. That’s the bigger loss. That would be a massive change to the position he’s in. Right now, all the cards are in Tim’s favor in the super-welterweight division and he’s the mandatory challenger for a world title.
“A loss to Takeshi Inoue is a loss of all of that; all of that hard work he’s put in to get into this position. That would change everything and he would have to start all over again.”
Tszyu believes that fighting Takeshi at this point isn’t much of a risk, as he Is 100% motivated to take whatever his fellow contender brings to the ring on Wednesday.
“No risk at all,” Tszyu said. “I’m in this sport for 10 years, I’m here to make as many fights as I possibly can. I’m here to fight everyone I possibly can, to test myself as much as I can and then retire.
“It’s a good feeling once you’re on the scales and recharged. It’s a battle within yourself. It’s you versus you, every day.”
Tszyu will come into the fight on the back of an impressive third round knockout victory over Steve Spark.