Boxing News 2023 | Tim Tzsyu’s World Title Opponent Confirmed Tony Harrison
Tim Tzsyu will face former world champion Tony Harrison for the WBO world super welterweight title in Melbourne in March.
Tszyu, 28, will attempt to win his first world title on home soil on March 12, although a venue has yet to be confirmed.
This is Tzsyu’s first home fight since defeating Japan’s Takeshi Inoue in November 2021.
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After Jermell Charlo broke his left hand, Tszyu’s long-awaited bout with the champion was postponed.
A fight with Harrison presents a major challenge for Tszyu, as the American is the only fighter who can beat Charlo.
Harrison is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBC and No. 3 by the WBO.
His record includes 29 wins, three losses and one draw. Of these 29 wins, 21 were by knockout.
“I haven’t fought at home for almost a year and a half and I know this will be the biggest show yet,” Tszyu said.
“It is a huge fight for Australia and a special moment in my career.
“I have so many passionate fans who support and follow me, so I think he will be a little crazy about the atmosphere in Australia.
“His biggest problem he has is not the fans, but me.”
In the absence of Charlo, Tszyu said Harrison was his best choice for a top fight.
“Every fight you take is on the line, you’re one blow away from going back low,” he said.
“It’s all in the game and a bet, but that’s what I do. It’s boxing, it’s part of my career and I’m a fighter first and foremost.
“He (Harrison) was the second best option available. I’m at that point in my career where I don’t care who’s in front of me. I am ready to take them all down.”
Last year, Harrison spoke about fighting Tszyu in Australia and wanting to see “kangaroos and rattlesnakes and things like that.”
Soon he will have that chance and a chance to upset the home crowd.
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