Tim Tszyu will head to the United States in a fortnight in a bid to become an international star, although a fight with Anthony Mundine could be his last on the local scene.
Tszyu made an emphatic statement against Denton Vassell on Friday night, scoring a second-round TKO against the former Commonwealth champion at the Star of the Ring promotion at the Hordern Pavillion. The win has earned him the interim WBA Oceania super welterweight title and extended his record to 12-0, with 10 knockouts.
The 24-year-old has scheduled training camps at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in Hollywood and the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. While there, he will spar with the biggest names in the business, with a view to eventually taking them on properly for title fights.
The most appealing local opponent is Michael Zerafa, who recently went the distance with former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. Mundine is also eyeing Zerafa, with Tszyu happy to take on either before turning his full attention to America’s finest.
“I want to see the level I’m at,” Tszyu said.
“There’s a few names – Zerafa and Mundine are talking to each other, I’m now the mandatory to fight Zerafa.
“If them two fight, I’d love to fight the winner. They are the big names I’d like to fight.
“I just want the big names, the big fights, the big arenas. My main goal is the US, there’s not much going on domestically other than the Zerafa fight.
“I want to go international, go to the States and test myself on the world level.”
Tszyu, the son of multiple world champion Kostya Tszyu, couldn’t have been more impressive against Vassell in front of a large pay-per view audience.
“I found the distance and range from the get go,” he said.
“Once you do that, you can do whatever you want. It’s like playing basketball – if you want to hit a two-pointer or a three-pointer, you can do it.
“I found the opportunity to do that, to use my straight right. I kept it simple and got the job done nice and early.”