According to No Limit's George Rose, who promotes Australian superstar Tim Tszyu, there were advanced negotiations for his boxer to face former unified champion Jarrett Hurd in the month of September.
Those plans were derailed this past Sunday night, when Hurd suffered an upset decision loss to Luis Arias on the pay-per-view undercard to Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
The unexpected loss was a tremendous setback for Hurd, who tasted defeat for the second time in his last three ring appearances.
“We ended up watching it through our fingers,” said Rose to Ben Damon of Fox Sports Australia.
“There had been a lot of back and forth and it was looking extremely positive but obviously that is all over now. Hurd will need a rematch with Arias and we need to come up with a new plan.”
Tszyu is fully focused on his next assignment. He's scheduled to return to the ring on July 7th, when he faces domestic rival Michael Zerafa in Newcastle.
Zerefa is the final piece of the domestic puzzle for Tszyu, who wants to target top international contenders in the aftermath of that outing.
Tszyu is ranked in the number one position under the WBO. The current WBO champion is Brian Castano, who on July 17 will face IBF, WBA, WBC champion Jermell Charlo in a full division unification.
The unbeaten Aussie is back on the Gold Coast to spar Issac Hardman.
“Issac is very rangy and a good boxer, so he’s perfect for preparing for Zerafa,” said Tszyu to Damon.
“He has a big fight next week himself against Eman Carlos on the Gallen v Huni card, so they will be good rounds.”