By Huck Allen: Tim Tszyu, the WBO’s No.1 junior middleweight contender, will put his mandatory title shot on the line when he faces No.7 Takeshi Inoue on November 17 in a “Rest busy”. The location of the Tszyu vs Inou fight will be named later, but it will likely take place in Australia.
Inoue thinks he was chosen as Tszyu’s opponent because they see him as an easy mark. But he says he’s going to make them regret their decision to choose him.
âSoul Takerâ Tszyu (19-0, 15 KOs) is in the position where he awaits to face rematch winner Jermell Charlo against Brian Castano.
But rather than sit and wait on the sidelines to take on the winner of this fight, Tszyu, 26, will take on former world junior middleweight title challenger Inoue (17-1-1, 10 KOs) in November.
If # 1 WBO Tszyu loses to Inoue, he may forget to fight the winner of the Charlo vs. Castano 2 bout. It would be a big disappointment for Tszyu, but if he can’t face Inoue, 31, he doesn’t. does not belong to the same ring as Charlo or Castano.
On paper, Tszyu will be too much for Inoue, who looked poor in his 12-round unanimous decision loss to former WBO 154-pound champion Jaime Munguia in January 2019. Munguia easily beat Inoue by 119-109 , 120-108 and 120-108.
The only positive thing about Inoue after watching this fight is that he showed a good chin as he absorbed a lot of punishments from Munguia with hard punches throughout the 12 round bout.
Since then, Inoue has won his last four fights, but against weak opposition. That’s the problem with Inoue, and he never fought anyone other than Munguia, and it didn’t go well for him.
Outside of that fight, Inoue has feasted on obscure opposition since turning pro in 2014. In Inoue’s first professional fight, he fought for a six-round draw against Daishi Nagata .
The world boxing organization must see something in Inoue for them to give him a # 7 ranking as he has not fought any world class opposition other than Munguia, and the victories have been achieved against lesser fighters. many from top to bottom on his resume.
âProbably because of all the ranked boxers in the world, they see me as a low risk opponent. I think they will regret it,Â»Declared Inoue to Fox sports about Tszyu.
âI think we’re going to start by exchanging jabs and then getting out of there. In the following rounds, I will break his heart and win.
Inoue will have to use Tszyu to win this fight, and it will be interesting to see if he can take his power. Munguia couldn’t bang Inoue’s chin two years ago during their fight in 2019.
It’s unclear if Tszyu hits harder than Munguia, but he’ll have to if he wants to score a knockout of Inoue.
Tszyu’s management was in negotiations to fight former WBC junior middleweight champion Tony Harrison, but the former champion chose not to fight.
It would have been a much better test for Tszyu than it was for Inoue, as Harrison is still in his prime, beating Jermell Charlo in their first fight in 2018.
Other fighters that Tszyu’s leadership were considering signing for his November 17:
- Sebastien Fundora
- Sergio Garcia
- Terrell Gausha
Fundora would have been an ideal opponent for Tszyu, but sadly that fight did not take place, leaving the Australian with Inoue, 31.
“Takeshi Inoue, he’s an absolute warrior,” No Limit fight promoter George Rose said. âSomeone’s going to try to bring it to Tim. Tim is the # 1 challenger, he’s the mandatory WBO challenger, and everyone wants a piece of it.
Ideally, Tszyu wanted to challenge WBO 154-pound champion Castano, but the Argentine fighter plans to rest for the rest of the year. After many months of waiting, Tszyu chooses to keep busy by taking on the enduring Inoue.
“It will be a tough fight, and I think it will be the toughest fight of my career. Definitely the toughest opponent of my career, âTszyu said of his fight with Inoue.