Thurman Vs. Tszyu Presser – Key Quotes
The announcement was out of the blue, with both fighters set to headline PBC’s first PPV on Amazon Prime Video. Thurman has been put as the A-side despite having only had one fight since 2019. He beat Mario Barrios in his last bout in 2022, while his only defeat has come against Manny Pacquaio. However, a combination of injuries and inactivity meant that the former Unified Welterweight Champion was not the same fighter he used to be.
Thurman Vs. Tszyu
Tszyu is going through the best phase of his career. He is the current WBO Junior Middleweight Champion, a belt he acquired after Jermell Charlo was stripped. They had agreed to fight since Tszyu was the interim champion, but Charlo withdrew because of an injury. After he recovered, Charlo chose to face Canelo Alvarez instead at 168 as Tszyu was elevated to a full champion.
In chief support, Rolando Romero takes on Isaac Cruz in a defense of his WBA Junior Welterweight Title. The fight was made after Romero failed to get the Ryan Garcia fight. But the winner could face Garcia after Oscar De La Hoya expressed his desire to make that fight, while the Gervonta Davis rematch is also possible. Here are the key quotes from the headlining fighters.
“You already know what time it is, it’s your boy Keith Thurman in the building. This boy’s coming from Australia, I love something new. They say you’re coming from Down Under, and I am trying to put you under, mate. He might’ve signed that contract, but, boy, you don’t know what you just did, boy. Bitter for you and sweet for me!”
I want great fights and great action, and Tim’s filling that void right now. He’s providing me with the fight and the excitement I want. He’s coming – young, undefeated, determined – trying to open up the gates to his new era, the new generation. But it’s my job to close the door shut right in his face. I want him to go back tail tucked to his daddy in Australia, saying, ‘Sorry, pops, I’m sorry. The Tszyu name, I messed up, I didn’t know he was that bad.
“You’re gonna get more than energy, you’re gonna get these hands, baby, all up in your face. Your fat feet are slow. Australia, that’s a small little island, very far away. I did not know flat footed Mexicans were born in Australia. Mexican Tszyu, whatcha gonna do?! Mexican Tszyu, whatcha gonna do?! I ain’t lost to no Mexican. Watch more tape if you wanna debate. I’ll be right there, I won’t be hard to find,” Thurman
“I know what he’s done, but his time has come, this is a different era. This is the Tim Tszyu era. I aspire to the throwback fighters. Fighters these days, in this modern era, they’re just a bunch of p*****s. In the 2000s, everyone just fought the best. That’s what I am. I don’t plan on just beating Thurman, but I plan on putting a spectacle that he’s never seen. I want those big names – (Errol) Spence and (Terence) Crawford. Welcome to the Tim Tszyu era.
“Bring that energy to the fight. Mark my words, I will knock you out in 12 rounds. I’ve got a Mexican style, but Mexican styles are one of the greatest in the world, so don’t be disrespecting Mexican style. Don’t be running like a gazelle,” Tszyu
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