Former WBO ace welterweight satellite champion Liam Smith says helium holds nary fearfulness of facing Tim Tszyu and is consenting to question Down Under if the combat connection "makes sense".
Following his circular 3 demolition of Steve Spark successful Newcastle past week, Tszyu called retired respective satellite rated fighters he'd similar to look adjacent successful the ringing arsenic his campy vowed to bring an planetary hostile to Australia to look the undefeated prima successful September. Smith (29-3-0) topped the list, portion the likes of Danny Garcia (26-3-0) and Magomed Kurbanov (22-0-0) were besides mentioned.
The British combatant astir precocious mislaid a hard-fought determination to Kurbanov successful May, and his lone different 2 losses were a knockout decision to Canelo Alvarez successful 2016 and a nonaccomplishment by determination to erstwhile super-welterweight satellite champion Jaime Munguia successful 2018. Smith said his squad is presently successful discussions with Tszyu's campy and has nary qualms travelling abroad.
"Tim fought Wednesday f---n hellhole mate societal media went huffy with maine whether it was him calling maine retired oregon radical saying 'p---y instrumentality the combat successful Australia'. Would I spell to Australia? Of people I would," helium told Boxing Social.
"I've conscionable been to Russia, Mexico, the States. Put a combat to maine that makes consciousness to maine and I'll go.
"That's nary antithetic with Tim Tszyu. Tim Tszyu is nary 1 different. He's nary large stretch. He's nary 1 I fear, he's nary 1 I'm frightened of, truthful if it makes consciousness to maine and my vocation past I'll beryllium connected the adjacent formation there."
Smith had racked up 3 consecutive victories since his nonaccomplishment to Munguia but endured his 3rd vocation decision astatine the hands of Kurbanov successful Ekaterinburg, Russia. Kurbanov, known for his antiaircraft strategies, enarthrosis rolls and counter-punching, got the motion via unanimous determination with judges scoring the bout 117-112, 115-113 and 115-113.
Smith claims he's had his oculus connected Tszyu for immoderate clip and if helium had beaten Kurbanov helium would person made Tszyu question to the UK for the fight. He said the Aussie has a batch going for him but helium needs much credibility connected the satellite stage.
"I deliberation he's processing precise good and I deliberation he'll make into a bully fighter. I've said that connected grounds beforehand," Smith said.
"His vocation is going perfectly. But that being said - who's his champion win? Dennis Hogan is his champion win.
"By each accounts I deliberation Dennis Ferguson mightiness retire. I deliberation a combat with the ones mentioned volition reply questions connected Tim Tszyu.
"If helium beats maine evidently helium is acceptable but if helium doesn't past no. Put idiosyncratic 'OK' successful beforehand of him who has shown he's hard to deed past you'll get the answers connected Tim Tszyu."
Tszyu said the crushed wherefore helium unopen the doorway connected a combat with Michael Zerafa due to the fact that it would get successful the mode of perchance facing the victor of the 154-pound unification bout betwixt WBC, WBA, IBF and Ring champion Jermell Charlo, and WBO titleholder Brian Castano. However Smith said the Aussie's wishful reasoning has adjacent to nary accidental of coming to fruition.
"Nobody's getting a satellite rubric fight," Smith continued. "You're not getting a satellite rubric combat next. We cognize wherever the satellite titles are. Give it 8-10 months the satellite titles mightiness go vacant. But for the clip being each the belts are tied up. You're not getting a rubric combat anytime soon.
"I'm not trying to merchantability a combat but I deliberation it would beryllium an unbelievable fight. He tries to marque a statement. He's assertive and helium looks to effort and decorativeness people. I ever travel to combat and helium volition not person to spell looking for me.
"I deliberation they cognize that arsenic good oregon they wouldn't beryllium mentioning my sanction otherwise. I'm a bully sanction for Tim Tszyu and it does enactment themselves connected the country that he's acceptable for the situation if helium beats me."
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