Tim Tszyu has confirmed that he will be sidelined for the next two months after undergoing surgery to repair a longstanding hand problem.
Tszyu, 27, is on the cusp of a world title shot at super welterweight after coming through a tough challenge in Terrell Gausha last time out on his US debut in Minneapolis.
The Australian is the WBO’s No 1 contender to face the winner of Jermell Charlo vs Brian Castano, and will be in attendance to watch the pair scrap it out for all the belts in California this weekend.
Tim Tszyu has confirmed that he will be out for two months after undergoing hand surgery
Last week, Tszyu’s manager revealed that the prize fighter underwent surgery on both hands to clean out his knuckles after taking damage during his fight against Gausha, with the timing seemingly perfect as Charlo or Castano will need some time off after their fight.
Ahead of his younger brother Nikita’s second professional bout in Newcastle tonight, Tszyu confirmed that he went under the knife last week with his injuries a result of ‘busting my hands on the guy’s [Gausha’s] head’.
‘So I just got out of surgery four or five days ago,’ he said on Fox Sports. ‘It was from the last fight… busted my hands on the guy’s head!’
The Australian boxer looked to repair a hand issue after his recent win over Terrell Gausha
Tszyu wants to be in top shape for his inevitable world title shot either this year or next year
Tszyu confirmed that he will be out for two months and knew that he was in trouble as soon as his bout with Gausha came to an end.
‘[I will] probably [out for] around two months. I had tendon problems, a bit of a tear. I tried punching after the fight but couldn’t.
‘I could feel it straight away, as soon as I took my gloves off. It didn’t really affect me, once you’re in the ring there are no excuses.’
The 27-year-old (L) flies out to California after his brother Nikita’s (R) fight tonight in Newcastle
Tszyu’s manager, Glen Jennings, said last week via The Courier Mail: ‘Tim has been fighting with sore hands for the last few fights, so given the extended time frame we have awaiting the Castano versus Charlo rematch it was prudent to have the problem addressed.
‘We had the corrective surgery to ensure Tim’s hands are ready for the biggest fight of his life.
‘Our team doctor, Dr Bill Anseline, consulted with renowned hand surgeon Dr Damien Ryan who was extremely happy with the surgical outcome and assured Tim that he would be ready for his world title fight with two good hands ready to go.’