- Tim Tszyu is set to face Keith Thurman in a pay-per-view event on March 30 in Las Vegas, marking the inaugural event under PBC’s new deal with Amazon Prime Video.
- Tszyu, the WBO 154 lb titleholder, has achieved a flawless 3-0 record in 2023, while Thurman, a former welterweight titleholder, has faced inactivity challenges and only fought once in the last four-and-a-half years.
- A win over Thurman will give Tszyu recognition in the United States and is his first step towards gaining stateside stardom. This event also marks the beginning of PBC’s collaboration with Amazon Prime Video.
Tim Tszyu is set to square off against Keith Thurman in the inaugural pay-per-view event under Premier Boxing Champions’ new broadcast deal with Amazon Prime Video, scheduled for March 30 in Las Vegas.
Tszyu, the 29-year-old WBO 154 lb titleholder, achieved a flawless 3-0 record in 2023, showcasing his prowess in Australia. Meanwhile, Thurman, a 35-year-old former welterweight titleholder with a 30-1 record, has faced inactivity challenges, having only fought once in the last four-and-a-half years. His last bout was a victory over Mario Barrios in February 2022.
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Thurman experienced his sole defeat in July 2019 against Manny Pacquiao, getting knocked down in Round 1 but staging a comeback before ultimately losing by split decision. After more than a two-year hiatus from the ring, the former boxing champion is set to challenge Tsyzu, who has excelled during Jermell Charlo’s absence from the division.
Last year, Tszyu was on the verge of competing for the undisputed junior middleweight championship against Jermell Charlo, but Charlo had to withdraw due to a hand injury. As a result, Tszyu secured the WBO’s interim title and later became the champion when Charlo was stripped of the title for moving up in weight to face Canelo Alvarez at super middleweight.
Thurman has notable decision victories over Shawn Porter in 2016 and Danny Garcia in 2017.
In 2023, Tszyu defeated Tony Harrison to win the vacant WBO interim light-middleweight title. He defended the belt against Carlos Ocampo before being elevated to the WBO light-middleweight champion and defending it against Brian Mendoza.
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Tszyu, the son of the legendary Australian boxer Kostya Tszyu, is embarking on his journey to gain recognition in the United States. His first step towards stateside stardom involves a bout against Thurman, a former unified welterweight champion and one of the most recognisable in the 148-pound division despite his inactivity.
Notably, this event marks the initiation of PBC’s collaboration with Amazon’s Prime Video. ESPN reports that the pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast will also be accessible on traditional linear television. PBC had been the primary source of boxing content for Showtime since 2013, but following the network’s announcement in October to discontinue its sports programming, this partnership signifies a new phase in PBC’s distribution strategy.