Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison, WBO super welterweight title, Jermell Charlo trilogy
Tim Tszyu’s next opponent, Tony Harrison, fired the Aussie slugger ahead of their WBO super welterweight title fight in Melbourne in March.
In his first home fight since 2021, Tszyu will challenge for a first world title.
Tszyu was scheduled to face undisputed super welterweight champion Jermell Charlo in Las Vegas last Sunday – with all four belts on the line.
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However, the fight was postponed after Charlo broke his left hand in practice.
In Charlo’s absence, Tszyu said Harrison was his best bet for a top fight.
Speaking on Brian Custer’s The Last Stand podcast, Harrison said he didn’t see anything special about Tszyu and claims he’ll get rid of him to set up a third fight against Charlo.
Harrison is the only fighter to have defeated Charlo – getting the better of him in their first title fight in December 2019 by a controversial, yet unanimous decision.
However, a year later, Charlo settled the score with an 11th-round TKO victory over Harrison.
“[When Charlo hurt his hand] I felt like I lost something that was mine and all my way to getting back what I lost,” Harrison said of starring in a trilogy with Charlo.
“For me, to fight Tim Tszyu, I’m like fuck, he’s already No. 1 (candidate), he’s already next, if I jump the line and just go fight a guy like that – that’s just makes perfect sense to me.”
Harrison defeated Sergio Garcia by a 10-round unanimous decision last April.
He claimed his fight with Tszyu would play out the same way.
“My last fight was just a prep for the same kind of guys I’m up against,” he said.
“Tim is a very tough fighter but he’s so basic to me.
“He’s someone I see around the block, he’s like someone at the park when I fight someone at the park. There’s nothing special about him. His defense isn’t stellar , his offense isn’t stellar. He’s just a very tough competitor.
“Not everyone is blessed with power, and other than power, there’s nothing else I don’t have. I just feel like I’m going to surpass it , beat him, I’m going to have fun in that. I don’t see too many ways he could beat me, to be honest.”
Harrison believes a win over Tsyzu will cement a third and final fight with Charlo – potentially allowing him to finish his boxing career on top.
“They put me up against one of the best guys, one of the best people in the world. I’m like, ‘What better way to show that I’m the best fighter in the world.’ And then, not only that, I’m getting the only guy I went after when I won that fight,” he said.
“I only want one guy, and I’m done. I only want one guy, and I’m beside myself, going to the rafters after this.”
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