Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu may face off eventually, but for now, they’re happy to trade barbs.
Less than a week after Tszyu became the new Australian super welterweight champion, talk of a potential all-Aussie mega-fight has picked up pace.
But that chatter might have to be put on hold for now, with both fighters forging paths that don’t directly involve each other; at least in the short term.
Of course, that won’t stop them from landing some verbal blows in the meantime.
“Jeff Horn’s a good fighter,” Tszyu, who downed Joel Camilleri in his first pay-per-view main event last week, told foxsports.com.au.
“He’s a tough boy. But I don’t think he’s got skill. Camilleri’s got the same type of style as him, similar, so it’d be an interesting fight. I’ll be ready in the future.
“Again, experience is a big thing. You learn a lot more from 10 round fights than a one round fight, that’s for sure. So, it was good to get the rounds in, and we’re taking it one step at a time.”
Tszyu added: “I think I can catch him with certain shots — he lunges in. He’s like a rugby player, he’s not like a boxer.
“He’s got the style of a rugby player. He runs in. A pure boxer exposed him, and that was Terence Crawford, and it’s stylistically a really interesting matchup because I’ve got the skill and he’s a bit more brutal.”
Horn, who commentated on Tszyu’s title bout, wasn’t as convinced. And when pressed on whether he actually wanted to face the 24-year-old, the former world champion was less than enthused.
“Not really,” Horn admitted to foxsports.com.au. “I guess if the public will want to see it, which means it’s going to be a big pay-per-view fight that would be the only reason I’d be interested in it.
“Look, the only thing Tim has is his father’s name that has kind of pushed him along here.
“He hasn’t got that many runs on the board. I think he’s had about 13 or so fights, and he still needs to prove himself a bit more against some quality opposition.”
Both fighters are looking at August bouts, with Horn revealing an opponent was all but certain for a showdown in Australia.
And barring a big money, all-Aussie pay-per-view, Horn has a clear goal in mind.
“The plan is to possibly get a world title shot either late this year or even possibly a mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez next year,” Horn said.
Having most recently fought — if you count the 96 seconds against Anthony Mundine — in November of last year, Horn is looking to be more active going forward.
Whether or not that involves a showdown with Tszyu, Horn believes will depend on how his young rival can progress.
“If Tim can prove himself as a big pay-per-view star then we come and meet together,” Horn said. “Maybe it can be as big as a Green v Mundine, and that was a big feud that those guys created, so maybe we can turn it into something like that.”
As for Tszyu, he’s just tired of hearing Horn speak.
“[I] can’t take him [Horn] seriously,” Tszyu said.
“He talks like a little girl, he sounds like a little girl. I don’t take him seriously. He can say what he says, he might be a good guy, top guy, but I don’t really take him seriously at all.”