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After his recent victory over Stevie Spark, Tim Tszyu got on the microphone and fired shots at three of the very best that boxing has to offer.
Speaking during his post-fight interview, Tszyu wasted no time in calling out his super welterweight targets.
"There's Liam Smith, (Magomed) Kurbanov and Danny Garcia. They are the three boys I'm going for," he said.
"So if you're watching boys, I'm coming for you."
Well, one of them clearly heard him and has now responded.
"Congratulations on your win," British boxer Smith tweeted.
"Let's go, make a serious offer and let's have a proper fight.
@Tim_Tszyu congratulations on your win. Let's go, make a serious offer and let's have a proper fight.
- Liam Smith (@LiamBeefySmith) July 7, 2021
Tszyu has made no secret of the fact that he has undisputed champion Jermell Charlo firmly in his sights, but it appears the 26-year-old doesn't just want to wait on the sidelines for when the American is good and ready.
No, in the the meantime he plans on going toe-to-toe with the very best in the business - and he clearly backs himself.
"They've got a few names in mind, but Liam Smith is what we're talking about," Tszyu said after his victory over Spark.
"I think a name like Liam Smith is someone on the global stage - he gave Canelo problems... so a name like that on my resume, that's what I need."
With WBO title-holder Brian Castano set to face off against unified WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine champ Jermell Charlo later this month, Tszyu could be next in line for a shot at the belts.
Until then, he plans on scoring big wins on foreign soil to eventually become the mandatory challenger.
That way, those names on his lengthy hit list won't be able to bob and weave their way past a bout with the Aussie any longer.
"They won't want this fight," No Limit Boxing CEO George Rose said.
"We'll force it on them by becoming the mandatory and leaving them with no choice but to take the fight."
Tszyu has concurred Down Under, and just like his legendary father Kostya, he's on a similar trajectory that'll see him fight under the bright lights of Las Vegas in the near future.
As for a rescheduled for with Michael Zerafa, he has now definitively put that idea to bed.
"He's done," Tszyu added.
"He had the opportunity and I find it a complete disrespect that he pulled out a week before.
"If he came now he wouldn't have had to quarantine or whatever issues they were saying. There was a fighter here from Melbourne, Camilleri came down."
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