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Tim Tszyu Calls Thurman a 'Little Yapper' in Verbal Sparring

WBO junior welterweight world champion Tim Tszyu is set to make his return to the ring on March 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where he will take on former unified beltholder Keith Thurman.

Tim Tszyu

The announcement of the fight has sparked some verbal jabs between the two fighters. Thurman, in a comment to reporters, described Tszyu as a "flat-footed fighter with a Mexican style." Tszyu, however, brushed off the remark, saying,

"I’m not sure what he’s implying there. Maybe he thinks I’m easy to hit? What I do know is when I said something back to him, when I defended the Mexican style that has been around for centuries, he started backing out of the comment like he knew he f----- up."

Tszyu further criticized Thurman, comparing him to a "little yapper" and questioning his motivation after a two-year layoff. Tszyu believes Thurman became too comfortable after earning money from previous fights, losing his hunger in the process.

"Where is his drive? These guys make a few bucks, get some attention and everything changes. They aren’t as hungry anymore. But me, I’m never content. Never satisfied. Which isn’t exactly the best thing in life, either," Tszyu commented.

Despite his relentless drive, Tszyu acknowledges the challenges of his mindset, noting,

"Because you never switch off. I can’t go on holiday and relax. I just can’t. Same as I cannot commit to things like weddings or engagement parties. When you have a drive like mine, you can’t do any of these things because you’re always chasing that next goal. And that definitely has its own challenges."

The match between Tszyu and Thurman promises to be a highly anticipated showdown between two determined fighters with contrasting styles and motivations.


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