Through brian webber: WBO 154-lb mandatory Tim Tszyu predicts undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo will not see the 12th round on Jan. 28 when the two meet in the main event live on Showtime at Michelob Ultra Arena, Paradise, Nevada.
Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) goes after the aging 32 year old Charlo from the start, pressuring him to get him out of there fast.
Unlike Brian Castano, Tszyu won’t let Charlo hang around until the later rounds so he can set one of his traps to land a big knockout blow.
It’s fair to say that Jermell’s confidence is huge after his tenth-round knockout victory over WBO 154-lb champion Castano last May in Carson, California.
The way Jermell talks since that win did something to his confidence that made him believe he was unbeatable, and that might be a mistake on his part to have those kinds of beliefs.
Charlo has always been a good fighter, but as we’ve seen in his fights with Tony Harrison, Austin Trout and Vanes Martirosyan, he’s beatable.
Charlo doesn’t know what’s coming
“100%. They really don’t know what’s coming,said Tim Tszyu to Fighthype when asked how confident he is of winning on January 28 against Jermell Charlo.
‘We’ll have to see what Charlo does. I know what he brings. On the other hand, in battle is not always different, and just be smart and do not make mistakes.
“I think I learned the whole camp during that fight and that’s why I came here to America to acclimate and be ready. The fighter I am now is completely different from the fighter I was then,” Tszyu said of his recent fight against Terrell Gausha.
“You can’t keep making the same mistake. You make it once and you adjust it. Yes, I’ll never be hit with that right hand again,Tszyu said, referring to Gausha’s right-hand man who dropped him in the first round last March.
“Intelligence, man. I feel smarter, more at ease,” said Tszyu when asked how he has improved since the game against Gausha. “I used to just try to grind it, grind it, and grind it. If you work your brain during battle, you can control a lot of things,” Tszyu said.
35-year veteran Terrell Gausha surprisingly dropped Tszyu in the first round of their fight last March and gave everything he could in the early part of the fight.
Tszyu and strength saved the day for him as he went after Gausha and exhausted him with heavy shots to the body and head in the second half of the match to win a 12-round unanimous decision.
Tszyu will have to use head flicks and a steady punch if he wants to prevent Jermell from getting his big right-hand knockout shot.
Charlo used to not be a power puncher, but over the past three years he has made steady improvements in that area of his game. The first round knockout by Charlo against Erickson Lubin was a work of art.
Lubin made it easy for Jermell by diving low, allowing him to land his signature punch, a slashing right hand. If Tszyu is wise he will have studied that fight and will not make the same critical mistake as Lubin by diving low.
Pressure is key
“A bit of the GGG style. You’re there, but you’re not there,’ Tszyu said. “You’re always in front of them, but when they throw punches, they punch air,” Tszyu said when asked how he defines “intelligent pressure.”
“That’s what it is. You suck the air out of someone. You basically drag them into the ocean and don’t let them out.
“No, not really,” Tszyu said when asked if it would help him to stop Dennis Hogan faster than Jermall Charlo. “I just wanted to get rid of him sooner, I guess. No fuss.
“I was nervous,” Tszyu said of how confident he was while zooming in while talking to Charlo. “I was the mandatary, so it’s not like he has to choose who to fight. You have to be loud and vocal sometimes and know how to do it.
“The energy will be there on January 28. I’m in a good phase of my career, I’m feeling good and I’m coming. I do not know. There is no rematch clause,” Tszyu said when asked if this could be a two- or three-fight series between him and Jermell.
“Once I beat him, I don’t have to fight him anymore. If it makes sense, yes. Of course,” said Tszyu about a possible rematch with Charlo. “When it becomes fireworks, it becomes fireworks. I’m here for one thing, and that’s to win the fight by any means necessary.
“I respect Charlo. After seeing him against Castano he really dug deep and traded those shots. It’s going to be a smashing fight.
‘Don’t blink, that’s all I can say. That will be my sentence. No, I don’t intend to,” said Tszyu when asked if the fight with Charlo will be 12.
“Kill or be killed. It is what it is. Kill or be killed, and I come with one goal. I’m just looking forward to this big opportunity. I can’t wait to get to Vegas.
“You really have to shock and overwhelm him, and not let him settle,” said Charlo. “I don’t come in with a particular game plan that I definitely have to do.
“I am going to come in and evaluate the scenario we have in front of me and outperform him in every way and win the fight. I can’t really talk about me and Castano because we are completely different styles.
“The most important thing in boxing is progress and making fewer mistakes. I think Castano is a bit smaller. I think my greatest strength is in my lower and upper body. Me and Castano have completely different styles,” said Tszyu.