Tony Harrison “It Is A Big Occasion For Him”


The stage is set as fight week is underway in Sydney, Australia as Tim Tszyu will face Tony Harrison, for the WBO interim super welterweight title, at the Quads Bank Arena, on Sunday, March 12th, broadcast worldwide on Showtime. The fight though sees one fighter in Tszyu, who is looking to become a star, and Harrison, looking to prove that he can become a two-time world champion. 


Harrison, who took the long plane ride from Detroit, Michigan to Sydney, Australia appears to experience and the pedigree of Tim Tszyu, as Harrison will be fighting in his third world championship bout with a record of 1-1, in those bouts. Yet another stat jumps off the page Harrison is 3-2, with 1 KO against former or current world champions defeating Bronco McKart, Ishe Smith and Jermell Charlo, but losing to Charlo in their rematch as well as Jarrett Hurd. In both of Harrison’s losses, he was stopped. 


“It is a big occasion for him,” stated Tony Harrison to Fight Hub TV while doing media obligation today in Australia in relation to his upcoming interim world title fight. “For me I’ve been here before you, it’s almost like I’ve gotten married twice before [SIC]. You know what I mean, this is actually my third title fight.”


The lively festivities saw Harrison and Tszyu face on a boat as part of a photo-op to promote the fight, but Harrison feels that everything in his life haled him to this point. From an early career loss to Willie Nelson to struggling with the pressure of Jarrett Hurd, Harrison feels that he is no longer the same fighter, and that we will all see this come fight night. 


Harrison now is looking for redemption in his final act as a boxer. Armed with one of the best fighters in his division, Charles Conwell, the 2016 U.S. Olympian, who traveled with him to Australia, Harrison is looking to fulfill the promise of his career to become a dominant world champion, who had the belt world title multiple times. This is that opportunity, as Harrison is going to foreign soil, giving up his creature comforts, just for greatness. 


“I think Tim [Tszyu] has done a great job with the guys he was able to fight,” said Harrison. “[Tszyu] is only able to fight and beat the guys that’s in front of him, you know what I mean, so I say kudos to Tim [Tszyu], kudos to promotion, kudos to management. They matched him perfectly, they promoted him right, he’s 21-0, and he’s here for the fight of his life."