After a tilt at a world title shot in early 2021 was dashed, Tim Tszyu is “very close” to announcing his next opponent according to the star’s manager.
Tszyu is closing in on a fight with two-time world title challenger Dennis Hogan, with his agent Glenn Jennings telling Sporting News the fight will take place at the end of March and is “very close to being made official”.
Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KO), an Irishman fighting out of Queensland, Australia, called Tszyu out last month after his easy first round KO win over Bowyn Morgan.
“I know I beat Tim and he believes he beats me so let’s prove who is the best Super Welterweight in Australia, if not then no problem,” Hogan wrote.
“The winner moves into a world title shot.”
Both men are in need of opponents, with Tszyu’s chance to fight for the WBO super welterweight title early this year falling through after Brazilian champion Patrick Teixeira was granted a visa to the United States to defend his belt against Brian Castano.
Hogan’s scheduled fight with former WBA, IBF and IBO super welterweight world champion Julian Williams was also scrapped. Tszyu’s manager Jennings confirmed an announcement should be made shortly.
“Nothing has been signed yet, but it’s very close to being made official,” Jennings said.
“It’s a fight we were keen on last year, but Dennis had a fight with Julian Williams lined up, so it didn’t happen.
“We’re obviously not too keen on travelling around the world too much in the current climate, so we’re more than happy to revisit the fight with Hogan and take on all the local fighters.”
Hogan hasn’t won since 2018, having been robbed of victory by the judges against Jaime Munguia for the WBO super welterweight world title and getting hammered by Jermall Charlo at Madison Square Garden in 2019 after stepping up to middleweight.
He published a post to Facebook revealing he was in training camp for his next fight, adding further weight to claims he’ll fight Tszyu at the end of March.