Unbeaten Tim Tszyu will get the chance to shine in front of his home fans when he faces Carlos Ocampo on June 17 live on Showtime from Australia.
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Tim Tszyu-Carlos Ocampo Set For June 17 In Australia
Undefeated Australian Tim Tszyu will defend his interim WBO title from his native country of Australia this June.
Tszyu will take on Carlos Ocampo from the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Queenland, Australia live on Showtime on June 17.
The bout will take place under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.
Along with Tszyu vs. Ocampo, Ra’eese Aleem battles Sam Goodman in an IBF 122-pound title-eliminator in the co-main event.
“Tim Tszyu has solidified his place near the top of the super welterweight division and will once again bring his fan-friendly style to the ring for fans in the U.S. watching on Showtime,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “An experienced and hungry Carlos Ocampo will be coming to Australia to upset Tszyu’s plans and disrupt his path toward a long-awaited showdown with the 154-pound division’s undisputed champion Jermell Charlo.
“Adding in top contender Ra’eese Aleem taking on the rising Australian Sam Goodman, and this shapes up to be a great doubleheader of action fights on Saturday, June 17.”
Tszyu Ready For First Title Defense
The 28-year-old Tszyu will be putting his belt on the line for the first time since winning it in March vs. Tony Harrison. He was scheduled to face Jermell Charlo for the undisputed super welterweight title, but Charlo suffered an injury and was forced out.
A native of Sydney, Australia, Tszyu stopped Harrison for his 16th career finish. Last March, he downed Terrell Gausha via decision to retain his WBO Global belt.
The fight with Gausha is the lone one to date that has not taken place in either Australia or New Zealand. He also holds a 2020 win over Jeff Horn.
“I was full training on Monday after the thing happened on Saturday,” said Tszyu to Australian press in reference to a dog bite on his right arm. “I’m not going to be limited at all…There’s a dog in me right now that’s about to come out.
“I’m a fighter. My job is to fight. I won’t sit on the couch and wait for Charlo’s hand to get better. I want to fight in the meantime. The fans deserve the fights…The Charlo fight is in the making, but I’m not underestimating Ocampo. I’ve got a hard task ahead of me.”
Ocampo Enters Looking To Get Back On Track
The 27-year-old Ocampo is 34-2 overall with 22 career finishes. He had reeled off 12 consecutive wins before a loss to Sebastian Fundora last October in a contender match.
Ocampo’s only other career defeat was at the hands of unified welterweight champion Errol Spence in 2016.
“I’m looking forward to my fight against Tim Tszyu,” Ocampo said. “We are both warriors who go forward without fear. The fans will be the true winners that night, because I’m going after that title at all. Costs and it’s coming back to Mexico with me. He won’t want to hand it over to me, so I’ll just have to take it from him.”