Tszyu-Harrison clash for WBO belt March 12

<em>By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing</em>

WBO #1 super welterweight Tim Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) will clash with WBO #3 Tony Harrison (29-3, 21 KOs) on Sunday March 12 ( Saturday in the USA) with the WBO interim 154-pound championship up for grabs televised on Foxtel Main Event and Kayo Sports and promoted by Matt and George Rose. The venue in Australia has not been confirmed. Tszyu was originally scheduled to challenge unified champion Jermell Charlo for all the belts in Las Vegas on January 28 but Charlo was injured in training.

“Every fight you take is all on the line,” Tszyu told Fox Sports. “You’re one punch away from going back to the very bottom. It’s all on the line and a gamble, but this is what I do. This is boxing, it’s part of my career and I’m a fighter first.

“He (Harrison) was the next best available option. I’m at that stage of my career that I really don’t care who is in front of me, I’m ready to take them all out.”

“I think Australia is going to erupt. I haven’t fought for almost a year-and-a-half back home and I know it’s going to be the biggest show yet. It’s a massive fight for Australia and a special moment in my career.

“I have so many passionate fans supporting and following me, so I guess he will feel a certain craziness about the atmosphere in Australia.

“But his biggest problem he’s running into isn’t the fans, it’s me.”

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    • This works better for Tszyu, was likely too soon to get in there with Charlo. Harrison learned a lot from the Charlo fight and could pull an upset here. There were other challengers but Team Tszyu like Harrison’s chin.

      • I don’t think Charlo would beat Tszyu to be honest. I think Tszyu will beat Harrison by TKO or UD. I doubt Charlo will be brave enough to fight Tszyu with him trying to get a big payday with Canelo whom would wipe the floor with him.

  • Well done! Show some confidence. If you’re trying to be undisputed champion, you should be ready to take on everyone.

  • This should be a good fight. Good on Tszyu for taking this opportunity. This is great for Harrison.. he has a good chance if he can avoid Tszyu’s power. Something tells me Tim gets to him late and KOs him though.

  • Big time challenge for TT as Harrison has the tools to make this a success down under. This one should be great !

    • Harrison is known to do his best work in the early going and fades drastically down the stretch. If TT gets Harrison out of there it’ll most likely be late. However I think Harrison has the tools to get the upset.

  • A solid match for Tszyu, and I hope he works on his defense to minimize Harrison’s offense. Tszyu’s pressure and body punching will wear down Harrison. After Tszyu defeats Harrison by TKO, a Fundora vs. Tszyu scrap will occur because I believe Jermell will go to 160.

    I can’t wait for a future Fundora vs. Tszyu fight.

  • Gotta give Tszyu props for taking this tough fight instead of some stay busy gimme while waiting for Charlo. This is truly a pick’em fight.

    • Would not bet on this one.,..would avoid .,this bet…a focused professional Harrison is hard to beat…damn this is a tough one ..youth…talent vs experience and talent…just damn

  • After Tim defeats Harrison…Charlo will either say his foot is broken, or will vacate belts & move to 160.

  • This is a fine matchup. Tszyu faces a tough fighter in Williams. I like that attitude of Tim. He is not facing an opponent just to keep him busy. However, I think Williams will stop him between rounds 8-11.

  • Cannot sleep on Harrison. In fact he has a better style to beat Tszyu than Charlo. Remember Harrison beat Charlo and was beating him the second time wen Charlo landed the here it comes. As I remember the fight was stopped somewhat early as well. I will say…Harrison split 12..

  • Do people here really think Charlo is afraid to fight Tszyu? Come on people! he hasn’t shown anything for him to be afraid of! And Harrison is good, if he can avoid the big shots.

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