Tim Tszyu’s camp insists he will be fit for the first defence of his interim boxing world title despite the fighter requiring surgery after being bitten by a dog.
- Tim Tszyu is in doubt for his upcoming bout with Carlos Ocampo after he was bitten by a dog over the weekend
- Tszyu was due to fight the Mexican on the Gold Coast on June 18th
- Tszyu’s camp are adamant he will be fit to defend his super-welterweight titles
The Australian is due to fight Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo on June 18 on the Gold Coast to defend the interim WBO super welterweight belt he claimed in March.
But he’ll have to overcome a laceration to his right forearm after a dog bite on Saturday left the 28-year-old requiring attention from the team doctor and a surgeon.
At best, the situation has played havoc with Tszyu’s preparation three weeks out from the high-stakes bout.
“It’s certainly not the ideal preparation any time a fighter ends up in hospital a few weeks out from a world-title fight,” Tszyu’s promoter George Rose said.
“But the best news right now is that Tim is doing OK.
“He has the best and most experienced team around him in world boxing. They have reassured me he’ll be more than ready on June 18 to take on Ocampo.
“If they’re confident, I’m confident.”
Tszyu has a guaranteed unification fight against American star Jermell Charlo later this year.
Rather than wait for that, the Australian has risked it all against Ocampo just as he did when he beat Tony Harrison two months ago.
Tszyu and Charlo were set to meet in January but the undisputed champion from Louisiana broke his hand in training, leaving their clash in limbo.