NRL 2023: The roosters could rob Tim Tszyu of the title fight at Allianz Stadium

The NSW Government and Tim Tszyu are looking to host his World Cup fight at the Allianz Stadium but the Roosters and the NRL game could shatter the dream.

The Roosters could rob Sydney of their biggest fight in 17 years as the NSW government prepares to officially submit a bid for Tim Tszyu’s first world title fight.

The Perrottet government took part in the showdown between Tszyu and American Tony Harrison for the WBO super welterweight title fight alongside Victoria and Queensland on Sunday March 12th.

And while the government and Tszyu’s promoter No Limit Boxing want the fight to be staged at the new Allianz Stadium, a scheduled NRL match between the Roosters and New Zealand Warriors on March 11 could scupper plans.

The Qudos Bank Arena in Homebush is the alternative venue that the NSW Government and No Limit will be considering.

While the Victoria and Queensland governments had held formal talks and submitted proposals, there were fears that Dominic Perrottet’s government would pass on the historic event.

However, News Corp Australia is able to announce that NSW will make a bid for the fight by the end of the weekend, with Allianz Stadium and Qudos Bank Arena being the two venues to be judged.

Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and the Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium and the other contenders.

Funding for the local offering will come from Destinations NSW and No Limit is expected to make a decision in the coming days.

The Allianz Stadium saw the biggest fight in Australian history when Anthony Mundine defeated Danny Green in front of a crowd of 27,000 in 2006, breaking the all-time pay-per-view record for all martial arts of more than 200,000 purchases, a mark that still exists today.

The Alliance is favored by the government as it seats far more people than the Qudos would generate with 21,000 seats and more tourist spending in the CBD.

However, availability will be key as the Roosters are booked to play the Warriors at the stadium at 3pm the day before.

If organizers can’t guarantee the alliance will be ready in time, then Qudos – which hosted Tszyu’s fight against Takeshi Inoue in November 2021 – would be Sydney’s venue.

Given that Tszyu is a born and raised product from Sydney, the emotional impact of a first World Championship fight in his hometown will be a consideration.

But also the financial aspect, as Victoria and Queensland are committed to bringing the great struggle to their states and reaping the economic rewards.

Australia’s biggest boxing star, Tszyu, was scheduled to fight champion Jermell Charlo for the undisputed super welterweight crown on January 28 in Las Vegas.

However, the fight was postponed when Charlo broke his hand just before Christmas.

Tszyu, who remains in training camp in the United States, chose to remain active and signed to fight Harrison – the only man to have beaten Charlo.

The WBO provides the title as Charlo is unable to defend it within the allotted time frame.

The Tszyu-Harrison winner is expected to face Charlo in the United States later this year.

Originally released as NRL 2023: Rooster’s NRL match Tim Tszyu was able to compete in the world title fight at Allianz Stadium NRL 2023: The roosters could rob Tim Tszyu of the title fight at Allianz Stadium

Ryan Sederquist

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