Boxing News 2023 | Tim Tzsyu world title opponent confirmed Tony Harrison

Tim Tzsyu will fight former world champion Tony Harrison for the WBO super-welterweight world title in Melbourne in March.

Tszyu, 28, will attempt to win his maiden world title on home soil on March 12, although a venue is yet to be confirmed.

It marks the first fight for Tzsyu on home soil since beating Takeshi Inoue of Japan in November, 2021.

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After Jermell Charlo broke his left hand, Tszyu’s highly-anticipated fight with the champion was postponed.

A fight with Harrison represents a big challenge for Tszyu given the American is the only fighter to have defeated Charlo.

Harrison is currently ranked No.2 by the WBC and No.3 by the WBO.

His record includes 29 wins, three losses, and a draw. Of those 29 wins, 21 of them have been via knockout.

“I haven’t fought for almost a year and half back home and I know it’s going to be the biggest show yet,” said Tszyu.

“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.

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

In Charlo’s absence, Tszyu said Harrison was his best bet for a high-profile fight.

“Every fight you take is all on the line, you’re one punch away from going back to the very bottom,” he said.

“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.”

Last year, Harrison spoke of fighting Tszyu in Australia and a desire to see “kangaroos and rattlesnakes and s— like that.”

Soon, he’ll have that opportunity and a chance to upset the home crowd.

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