Tony Harrison says he sees “a lot of bad things” that are “not championship-level” in Tim Tszyu ahead of their fight in Sydney.
American Harrison is attempting to cause an upset against the home fighter for the interim WBO super-welterweight title on March 11 (March 12 in Australia).
“The guys you’ve fought to get to the number one spot is f—— disgusting,” Harrison told Tszyu, questioning his opponent’s calibre of contests while speaking to The Sporting News.
What is Harrison’s own record? Here’s a look at his career, including how old he is and who he has beaten.
How old is Tony Harrison?
The fighter known as ‘Super Bad’ was born in Detroit on September 6 1990, meaning Harrison is 32 years old.
A pupil of hall-of-fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Harrison was also the grandson of Henry Hank, who won 62 fights during a 19-year professional career, while his father, Ali Salaam, was a pro boxer.
“My dad didn’t want me to box but my mum got tired of seeing me get suspended,” Harrison has said, recalling an upbringing as the second-youngest of eight children. “She told my dad to put me in the gym.”
Tony Harrison record, bio
Steered by his father and Steward, Harrison won 75 of his 87 amateur fights, collecting two Michigan Golden Gloves titles and reaching the semifinals of the National Golden Gloves tournament.
Harrison made his professional debut on the undercard of the heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye in Hamburg in July 2011, which was one of the last fights involving Steward – trainer to Klitschko – before the legendary coach’s death the following year.
The quartet of four-round fights Harrison began his professional career with ended in first-round knockout wins for the newcomer, who won a further 17 successive fights before being knocked out in the ninth round by Willie Nelson when they fought in Florida in 2015.
Three victories later, Harrison fell short when he challenged Jarrett Hurd for the vacant IBF super-welterweight title in Alabama in February 2017, suffering another ninth-round knockout.
However, he did land a title when he challenged Jermell Charlo for the WBC super-welterweight title less than two years later, claiming a unanimous decision that condemned his opponent to the only defeat of his career so far.
Charlo gained revenge almost exactly a year later, but Harrison showed commendable guts to survive a second-round knockdown before eventually being dropped again late on, with the fight waved off in the 11th round.
Harrison did not fight for almost 16 months until his subsequent bout, drawing with Bryant Perrella in California in April 2021.
Another year passed before Harrison beat Sergio Garcia to win a minor WBC super-welterweight belt by unanimous decision over 10 rounds.
When is Tszyu vs Harrison?
- Date: Saturday, March 11 | Sunday, March 12
Tszyu last fought in March 2022, defeating Terrell Gausha in his first fight in the United States.
It will be just short of 12 months out of the ring for Harrison by the time fight night comes around.
Tszyu vs. Harrison start time
- Main card: 10:45 p.m. ET | 3:45 a.m. GMT | 2:45 p.m. AEDT
- Main event: 1 a.m. ET | 6 a.m. GMT | 5 p.m. AEDT (approx.)
Where will Tszyu vs Harrison take place?
Tszyu will fight for a maiden world title in his hometown of Sydney.
Qudos Bank Arena has been chosen as the host venue of the world championship bout between Tszyu and Harrison. Sydney beat out competition from Melbourne and the Gold Coast for the right to host the blockbuster event.
The arena at Sydney Olympic Park has a capacity of just under 20,000, with a sellout crowd expected to see the popular Aussie in action.
Tszyu has already headlined a show at the venue, defeating Takeshi Inoue via a one-sided unanimous decision back in November 2021.
Tszyu vs. Harrison tickets
Tickets to the event went on sale on Friday, February 10 but fans who registered to the pre-sale with No Limit Boxing were able to get early access.
General sale tickets can be purchased here through Ticketek, starting at $49 and going all the way up to $5,000 for those wanting to splurge on a ringside seat.
Check out the ringside and hospitality packages here.
How to watch Tszyu vs. Harrison
In the United States, Tszyu vs. Harrison is available on Showtime. Viewers can stream Showtime via Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox ONE, a laptop, or any mobile or tablet device.
You can watch the fight in Australia via Main Event on Kayo (PPV).
Tszyu vs. Harrison fight card
Several rising stars of Australian boxing are confirmed to appear on the card.
MORE: Tszyu vs. Harrison undercard: Who else is on world title fight card?
Tszyu’s younger brother and rising star Nikita, as well as Paulo Aokuso and Sam Goodman, are in the mix.
- Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison for the interim WBO super-welterweight title
- Sam Goodman vs. TJ Doheny; Super-Bantamweights
- Ben Mahoney vs. Koen Mazoudier; Super-Welterweights
- Paulo Aokuso vs. Yunieski Gonzales; Light-Heavyweights
- Issac Hardman vs. Rohan Murdock; Super-Middleweights
- Iman Khataev vs. Gi Sung Gwak; Light-Heavyweights
- Nikita Tszyu vs. Bo Belbin; Super-Welterweights
- Shanell Dargan vs. Courtney Martin; Featherweights
Who will win?
Tszyu will likely start as favourite, but he faces a tough assignment in Harrison.
The Detroit native scored a unanimous decision win over Jermell Charlo to claim the WBC title at 154-lbs back in 2018 before going down via 11th round TKO in the rematch.
Tszyu is risking a lot by taking the challenge rather than waiting for Charlo but he doesn’t see it that way.
“Every fight you take, it’s all on the line – you’re one punch away from going back to the very bottom,” Tszyu said from his training camp in the US. “It is what it is, 100 per cent gamble but this is what I do.
“This guy was the next best available option. I couldn’t care less who’s in front of me, I’m ready to take them out.”
Tszyu vs Harrison betting odds
Bookmaker Palmerbet currently has Tszyu as a $1.35 favourite to defeat the former champion, with Harrison rated a $3.15 chance to get the victory.
Tim Tszyu via KO or TKO is considered the most likely result by punters and is priced at $2.40.
Odds accurate on 7/3/23.
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