“There is a lot of interest there.”
Tszyu will head to Russia next week to unwind, catch up with his father and shoot a commercial for a headache solution described as the local equivalent to Panadol. The 24-year-old has no interest in any local opponent other than Horn after the victory over Ritchie earned him the WBO Global and IBF Pan Pacific super welterweight belts, as well as a top-five ranking.
“He’s going to want sooner, for me the later the better,” Tszyu said of Horn. “I will get a few more fights in and I’m confident I will beat him [now] anyway.
“I’m 24 years old, I’m No.5 in the world now. I’ve got the world ahead of me. He’s how old now, 30? [Horn is 31] Time is running out.”
Horn agreed it may be in his interest to fight Tszyu sooner rather than later as the youngster continues to improve with every performance. However, that clash doesn’t appear to be a priority.
“Is it a fight I’m actually looking for? No,” Horn said. “I’m looking for world title fights and Tim Tszyu is not a world title fight. It’s a good domestic Australian fight and it would be good here, but it’s not what I’m after.
“Possibly if I get a break in fights and there’s no one else in the fights I want to get, Tim Tszyu will be a name on that list.
“Possibly in the future, some time down the track, Tim Tszyu might be an opponent.”
While Kostya may be keen for Tszyu to fight in Russia, his son will need some convincing. Tim’s top priority is to continue to bring big events to Australia after quickly building a large following.
“Australia is my home, I’m born and bred here, I have great support here,” he said. “My goal is to bring Aussie boxing back to the pinnacle, that’s what I intend to do.”
Tszyu plans to fight at least one more time this year.
“Imagine bringing a big name to Australia,” he said. “There is that possibility with anyone.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.