Australia’s Tim Tszyu has two states and three NRL stadiums fighting for the right to host his WBO world title blockbuster against Brian Mendoza, a bout the champ also says will be his last on home soil for some time.
Speaking exclusively with Fox Sports Australia from Las Vegas, where he is currently in training camp, Tszyu revealed the October 15 showdown will be his last appearance Down Under before heading off to chase megafights around the world.
The push to host the event is now a fight in three — with Sydney, Gold Coast and Newcastle all in the running, while both the NSW and Queensland governments are expected to submit their final offers to promoter No Limit as soon as early next week.
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Given the hype surrounding Tszyu versus Mendoza, three football stadiums have been pitched to host the championship event — Commbank Stadium in Parramatta, McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle and CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
A fourth option is the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Speaking from Las Vegas, Tszyu said he was happy with his preparations in the world’s fight capital, and said he would like to know soon exactly what city, and venue, the fight will be held.
The undefeated Sydneysider, who will receive the WBO title when Jermell Charlo is stripped later this month, added his fight against interim WBC champ Mendoza will be his last at home for the foreseeable future.
“Yeah, this will be it,” he said.
“One more massive fight back home in front of everyone and then it’s time to take over the globe.
“I’ve said it for a while now that it’s going to be hard to see me fighting back home going forward.
“I’ve got a hit list of names you all know I want — and I’ve mentioned before – but, first, I’ve got a job to do.
“Mendoza has shown he’s a beast and that’s exactly where my sole focus is. World domination can wait.”
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Newcastle has emerged as a shock contender to host the Tszyu bout, but would be an obvious fight given the the city’s long association with Australia’s No.1 fight family — which has previously seen it dubbed Tszyucastle.
Asked about potentially fighting inside a sold out NRL stadium, the fighter continued: “I’m keen to know the venue and have been hassling my manager and the boys (No Limit).
“But I let them handle business.
“Right now, I’ve got no distractions.
“I’m just eating, sleeping and breathing boxing.
“Making sure I’m working harder than ever for my fight next month.”
Tszyu’s manager Glen Jennings also said the fight would be a ‘last hurrah’ for his client, saying: “This will be the last opportunity for Australia’s huge Tszyu fan base to see Tim on home soil.
“After Mendoza, we expect all of Tim’s fights to be based overseas because they’ll all be significant megafights.
“But right now, his focus is Mendoza and the boys are in Las Vegas preparing in a stealth-like manner.
“It’s all business.
“No distractions, no shortcuts, no excuses.”
While Tszyu sees a host of megastars in his fighting future, his first test will now be the big hitting Mendoza, who doubles as WBC interim champ.
Back in April, the 29-year-old took said strap from Sebastian Fundora via a left hook, then overhand right so brutal, they have put him into discussions for 2023 Knockout of the Year.
Before that, the American also scored a decisive upset against Jeison Rosaria, finishing his rival in the fifth with a devastating uppercut.
The consecutive highlight reel stoppages have also elevated Mendoza (22-2) into what Tszyu insists is the division’s No.3 ranking – behind himself and, right now, still unified king Charlo.
While currently the interim WBO champion, Tszyu will be elevated to regular champion on October 1, with undisputed division king Charlo to be stripped of the belt when he goes up two weight classes to challenge Canelo Alvarez.
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