Tim Tszyu vs Keith Thurman: date, time, how to watch

By Vladimir S - 02/28/2024 - Comments

PBC on Prime Video is hitting the airwaves live and without a price tag, kicking off at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific straight from the electric atmosphere of T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. And this is just the appetizer before the main course—a Pay-Per-View spectacle starting at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific, featuring none other than Keith Thurman and Tim Tszyu, with Rolando Romero and Isaac Cruz throwing down in the co-main event.

In the spotlight, Keith Thurman, with a couple of world champion belts under his name, steps into the ring to throw down with Tim Tszyu, who’s yet to taste defeat.  And for the appetizer? Rolando Romero, the champ of the WBA Super Lightweight division, squares off against Isaac Cruz, a fighter who brings the heat from Mexico and never backs down from a brawl.

The headline act is gonna throw Thurman, the ex-big cheese of the welterweight world, into the super welterweight ring for a bit of a tussle with the untouchable Tszyu, the current big shot of the WBO at 154 pounds. They’re set to duke it out, no belts on the line, for a solid 12 rounds.

Thurman, hailing from Clearwater, Florida, with a record that reads like a bedtime story for fight fans (30-1, 22 KOs), got his “One Time” tag by flapping his gums and backing it up with knockouts that’ll make you spill your popcorn. He’s danced with the who’s who in the welterweight division, putting the likes of Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and Robert Guerrero in the rearview. His dance with Garcia was the stuff of legends, netting him the unified world champ title in a scrap that had everyone on the edge of their seats. His only stumble was against the legend Manny Pacquiao in a brawl that had everyone talking back in 2019, where he came up short by just a hair. Recently, he showed Barrios the ropes with a unanimous decision win that had the fans buzzing.

Thurman’s all pumped about getting back in the ring, especially for this gig with PBC on Prime Video. He’s tipping his hat to Tszyu, calling him a top-notch scrapper and the perfect guy to show off against. Thurman’s been sweating it out, sharpening his toolkit, and getting his head in the game for what he’s calling a blockbuster brawl that’s gonna have everyone glued to their screens. He’s ready to light up the boxing world on Prime Video.

Tszyu, a chip off the old block from the International Boxing Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu, is riding high off a killer year. Now sitting pretty as the world champ at 154 pounds, he’s laid waste to some heavy hitters like Tony Harrison, Brian Mendoza, and Carlos Ocampo. The Sydney native got his U.S. stripes against Terrell Gausha, bagging a unanimous win. Originally a soccer kid, Tszyu switched lanes to boxing, chasing the legend his dad left behind.

Tszyu’s buzzing about headlining this monster event stateside, ready to carve out his chapter in the history books. He’s got respect for Thurman, calling him a slick operator with a resume that’s nothing to scoff at. But he’s clear – it’s his time now. March 30 is marked on his calendar as the day he shows the world the dawn of the Tszyu era, live on pay-per-view.

Rolly Romero is set to guard his WBA Super Lightweight crown in a thrilling 12-rounder against the mighty lightweight contender Cruz, who’s itching to make a splash in the 140-pound pool with a title-snatching spectacle during the night’s showstopper.

Hailing from the Mayweather Promotions squad, Romero (15-1, 13 KOs) isn’t just all talk; the man packs a wallop in both mitts, coupled with a flair for the dramatic that turns his bouts into can’t-miss events. At 28, he climbed the ladder to world champ status in his last skirmish, putting Ismael Barroso to bed in the ninth round last May, grabbing the gold. This victory marked Romero’s comeback since tasting defeat at the hands of triple-division titan Gervonta Davis in May 2022. Before facing Davis, the Vegas local snagged an interim belt in August 2020 by scraping past the then-undefeated Jackson Marinez with a decision that had folks talking.

Cruz (25-2-1, 17 KOs), a whirlwind in the ring at 25, has been on a tear with three straight wins since a closely-fought and riveting tussle with the unbeaten phenom Gervonta Davis back in December 2021. The Mexico City native catapulted up the lightweight ranks in 2020, making a statement with a jaw-dropping first-round KO of Diego Magdaleno that October, followed by commanding wins over Francisco Vargas and Jose Matias Romero. After dispatching former champ Yuriorkis Gamboa in April 2022 and tough contender Eduardo Ramirez that September, Cruz stepped back in the ring last July to hand Giovanni Cabrera his first loss via decision.

Erislandy Lara, untouched in his middleweight journey, is set to safeguard his WBA Middleweight World Championship belt against the WBA’s number one mandatory challenger Zerafa, in a 12-round spectacle that’s sure to set the pay-per-view stage alight.

Lara (29-3-3, 17 KOs), a former dominator at 154-pounds, encountered a hiccup in 2018, dropping a nail-biter of a split-decision to Jarrett Hurd in a title merge that snagged the “Fight of the Year” nod from the BWAA. Bouncing back, Lara tangled with ex-154-pound champ Brian Castaño, pulling off an electrifying draw in a clash that teetered on the edge of tipping Lara’s way. Elevating to middleweight, Lara snatched the WBA title, dispatching Thomas LaManna with a first-round knockout in May 2021, and later flattening Gary O’Sullivan in May 2022. Before stepping up a division, Lara threw down with a roster of 154-pound elites, including a face-off with Canelo Alvarez.

From Melbourne, Australia, Zerafa (31-4, 19 KOs) has long been a big fish in the Australian boxing pond and strung together four victories to land this title bout on March 30. Zerafa’s dance card includes a split with former champ and Aussie adversary Jeff Horn and a first-round knockout victory over seasoned contender Anthony Mundine. The 31-year-old made his U.S. appearance in 2015, taking a hit in a bout against former middleweight champ Peter Quillin. This veteran has also thrown down with ex-champ Kell Brook and clinched wins over previously unbeaten pugilists Danilo Creati and Isaac Hardman in his latest outings.

Sebastian Fundora, the towering inferno of the super welterweight division, is gearing up to throw down with the equally formidable Serhii Bohachuk in a 12-round brawl for the vacant Interim WBC Super Welterweight Championship, setting the stage for a pay-per-view spectacle.

Fundora, with a record of 20-1-1 and 13 knockouts to his name, has risen to the upper echelons of the division, known for his crowd-pleasing brawls and gritty resilience inside the squared circle. His undefeated run hit a snag last April when Brian Mendoza outmaneuvered him. Standing nearly 6-foot-6, this 26-year-old southpaw from Coachella, Calif., looms large over his adversaries yet has a penchant for getting up close and personal in the fray. Last April, Fundora showcased his grit in a barnburner against Erickson Lubin, a bout that had fans on their feet and clinched its spot as a contender for the 2022 Fight of the Year. Despite both warriors tasting the canvas, Fundora emerged victorious, compelling Lubin’s team to throw in the towel after nine rounds. Boxing runs deep in Fundora’s veins, honing his skills under the watchful eye of his father, Freddy, and alongside his sister, Gabriela, the reigning IBF Flyweight World Champion.

Serhii Bohachuk, a 28-year-old powerhouse from Ukraine now calling Los Angeles home, has been carving out his own path in the professional ranks. With a record of 23-1, including 23 knockouts, Bohachuk has been on a tear with five consecutive victories, highlighted by stoppages of Nathaniel Gallimore and Patrick Allotey in 2023. Bouncing back from a setback against Brandon Adams in March 2021, he’s clawed his way back up the 154-pound ladder, powered by an impressive amateur pedigree and a relentless pursuit of victory since turning pro in 2017.

Elijah Garcia, straight out of Phoenix, is stepping into the ring with gloves tied tight, ready to duke it out with Kyrone Davis in a middleweight clash that’s got the buzz of a beehive. Garcia, undefeated and undeterred, aims to etch his name into the annals of the 160-pound division with a win that’s sure to have folks chattering come March 30.

Garcia, a force since his pro debut in the rollercoaster year of 2020, has been dispatching foes left and right, notching three knockouts in 2023 that had fans picking their jaws off the floor. With a record that reads like a thriller novel—16 wins, 13 by knockout—Garcia’s fists are like thunderbolts, sending seven of his last nine opponents packing before the final bell.

On the flip side, Kyrone Davis isn’t just another face in the crowd. With a record of 18 wins, 3 losses, and a draw, Davis has tasted victory and is hungry for more. Training in Philly under the eagle-eyed Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Davis, hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, is ready to upset Garcia’s apple cart.

Julio Cesar Martinez is defending his flyweight title against Angelino Cordova. After a hiccup with visa issues put a pin in their first dance, these two are ready to tango in a 12-rounder that’s sure to have sparks flying.

Martinez, trained by the legendary Eddy Reynoso, snagged the flyweight crown with a knockout that had fans screaming for more back in December 2019. With five title defenses under his belt, Martinez is on the prowl, ready to add another win to his record.

Cordova, on the other hand, is stepping into the ring with an unbeaten record and a victory over ex-champ Angel Acosta that’s still making waves. Hailing from Venezuela, Cordova’s record is squeaky clean, with a draw being the only blemish. After a stunning U.S. debut, Cordova is eyeing Martinez’s title, ready to make some noise.