For his first defense of the undisputed super welterweight title, Jermell Charlo is prepared. The first significant fight for 2023 has been planned for Jan. 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, when Charlo will take on Tim Tszyu. Showtime will broadcast the fight live.
The son of former undisputed junior welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu, Tszyu (21-0, 15 KO) has a sizable fan base in his native Australia. Tszyu began his career with 20 victories before fighting Terrell Gausha in March. This was a step up in difficulty for him.
Gausha knocked Tszyu to the ground in the first round, almost ending the bout for him. Tszyu was able to bounce back, use his aggression and signature body hitting, and eventually win the fight by unanimous decision with scores of 114-113, 116-111, and 115-112.
Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KO) sailed through the early stages of his career, and by 2016, when Jermell defeated John Jackson to win the WBC super welterweight title, both he and twin brother Jermall were world champions. After four fights, Charlo lost the title against Tony Harrison in a contentious unanimous decision, but he won it back in December 2019 by stopping Harrison in the eleventh round.
In a press release, Charlo expressed his excitement about returning to the ring to defend his unchallenged title. Tim Tszyu is a young, hungry, and aggressive fighter, but I’m a great pound-for-pound fighter. I reign as the undisputed champion, and if anyone wants a shot at the crown, they gotta see me. I’m not going anywhere. I want all my fans to tune in because once again, it’s Lions Only time and I plan to light up Las Vegas and show the world that I’m the most dangerous fighter in the sport, regardless of division.
The WBA and IBF belts were added to Charlo’s collection through a knockout of Jeison Rosario before he faced Brian Castano in a match for undisputed supremacy. Their first encounter in July 2021 produced one of the year’s best fights before ending in a split draw, and their rematch in May this year was even better, with Charlo eliminating Castano in Round 10.