“Timmy has to fight for a world title here in Australia, especially given the times we’re in [with COVID-19]. Australia is the best location for it.
“When you bring in international fighters, the costs go through the roof. To get the quality opposition, it will cost a lot so we need to look at where we can feasibly do that.”
No Limit Boxing has shown it will spare no expense to put on a good show. It is rumoured that Tszyu’s walk-in routine on Wednesday night alone – which included Latrell Mitchell and proved a hit with the big crowd – cost almost $50,000.
“It was worth every cent,” Rose said.
By his own admission, Tszyu was sloppy in the opening two rounds. The 26-year-old was looking for the knockout blow without properly setting up for it, admitting he was overly pumped up by the raucous crowd. Yet he still disposed of Hogan quicker than Charlo, who took seven rounds to defeat “The Hurricane”.
Tszyu said he wasn’t satisfied with being the best in Australia and was now seeking global recognition.
“That’s the problem, every time I do something the goal keeps getting bigger,” Tszyu said. “You’ve got to keep challenging yourself, that’s what gets you up every morning.”
Tszyu’s manager, Glen Jennings, said that his charge would be seeking to fight again as soon as July. Potential opponents being discussed include Liam Smith, Danny Garcia and Arif Magomedov.
“It’s global now,” said Jennings, who was part of the team that oversaw Kostya Tszyu’s career. “Everyone in Australia is in our rear-vision mirror.
“We would have gone to the US after [beating] Jeff [Horn] if not for COVID. The world needs to see what he can do.”
Asked about the expense of bringing quality international opponents to Australia, Jennings said: “It was always going to reach a business point where those considerations come in.
“What is it worth? How much does it cost to stage such an event?
“We categorically know now that we can do this anywhere and fill it. The trade-off against the cost is becoming closer and pay-per-view [takings] worldwide on a world title is a different game.
“The money is huge. The expenses are huge. We did two stadium shows last year; the costs are massive. But we now know categorically that wherever we take this bloke, we can turn it into an extravaganza.
“We have arrived in that regard.”
Adrian Proszenko is the Chief Rugby League Reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald.