Australian super featherweight star Liam Wilson has been catapulted into the biggest fight of his career — and likely, a world title eliminator — with confirmation his US debut will come on the same night as Tim Tszyu’s world title bout in January.
Promoters No Limit Boxing have confirmed 26-year-old Wilson (11-1) will face Englishman Archie Sharp on the undercard of Tszyu’s hyped headliner against undisputed super welterweight champ Jermell Charlo.
The decision means three of Australia’s brightest young boxing stars are all set to appear at the same Las Vegas event, with rising super bantamweight Sam Goodman also booked for the January 29 card, which will likely take place at the famed MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wilson’s big inclusion comes only weeks after Shakur Stevenson was stripped of both the WBO and WBC junior lightweight titles – given the undefeated American missed weight ahead of his September win over Robson Conceicao.
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Initially, there was a push for the Queenslander’s hyped new bout – which will double as his US debut — to be for the vacated WBO strap given.
Sharp is the division’s No.1 contender while Wilson, meanwhile, is ranked at four.
It’s understood however the WBO will make the Wilson-Sharp showdown a title eliminator, with the winner guaranteed a shot at gold sometime in 2023.
That fight would be against the winner of a proposed title bout between Emanuel Navarret and Oscar Valdez.
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After going undefeated in his first nine fights as a professional, Wilson was surprisingly stopped by Filipino fighter Joe Noynay back in March.
However, the Aussie not only responded in emphatic fashion for the rematch – kayoing Noynay in just the second round – but then earned a unanimous decision win over Matias Rueda in June.
Sharp, meanwhile, is undefeated in 22 professional appearances.
Already Team Tszyu is working overtime to help their charge prepare for what is quickly shaping as one of the most important Aussie boxing cards.
As revealed recently, the boxer’s crew are hoping to hire undefeated American prospect Charles Conwell among a trio of sparring partners they believe can help Australia’s boxing face become undisputed super welterweight champion.
An undefeated Detroit product who, 24-year-old Conwell is dubbed ‘Bad News’ and, like Tszyu, wants to next year become the world’s No.1 super welterweight.
Undefeated in 17 fights, the American has been hailed by promoter Lou DiBella as “one of the best young fighters in the world”.
Only three years ago however, Conwell almost quit the sport after a knockout win over Patrick Day tragically resulted in the 27-year-old dying days later from brain trauma suffered during the bout.
So rocked was Conwell by the situation, he contemplated quitting the sport before eventually returning, winning six straight and catapulting himself into the mix for those same titles Tszyu will contest in Las Vegas on January 29 (AEST).
It means that apart from becoming sparring partners now, the pair of rising stars could eventually square off for all four belts themselves in 2023.