Tim Tszyu will have a shot at the interim WBO super-welterweight world title in March, with a blockbuster bout against Tony Harrison locked in.
The 28-year-old was originally scheduled to face Jermell Charlo for the undisputed title, but the champion was ruled out due to injury, opening the door for Tszyu and Harrison to fight for the interim WBO title.
Harrison, the only man to have defeated Charlo, represents a significant step up for the son of former undisputed super-lightweight champion Kostya Tszyu.
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Here’s everything you need to know about the fight.
When is Tszyu vs Harrison?
The pair will meet on Sunday, March 12th.
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
In order to facilitate a primetime slot on Saturday night in the US, the main event is set to begin on Sunday afternoon in Sydney.
Doors to the arena are due to open at 9am AEDT, ahead of the first fight at 10am.
Fans can expect to see Tszyu and Harrison step into the ring around 3pm. Be sure check back closer to the fight for any updates.
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.
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How to watch Tszyu vs. Harrison
Channel + Live Stream (main card)
Sat. March 11
Sun. March 12
Sun. March 12
Prelims (from 10am AEDT): Fox Sports 3 (Ch. 503) & Kayo
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.
Tszyu vs. Harrison is a pay-per-view event in Australia and can be purchased by Foxtel subscribers through Main Event for $59.95.
Alternatively, fans with Kayo can purchase the event through the streaming platform.
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Tszyu vs. Harrison fight card
Several rising stars of Australian boxing are confirmed to appear on the card.
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Tszyu’s younger brother and rising star Nikita, as well as Paulo Aokuso and Sam Goodman, are in the mix.
Confirmed fight card:
- Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison for the interim WBO super-welterweight title
- Paulo Aokuso vs. Yunieski Gonzales; Light-Heavyweights
- Sam Goodman vs. TJ Doheny; Super-Bantamweights
- Issac Hardman vs. Rohan Murdock; Super-Middleweights
- Nikita Tszyu vs. Bo Belbin; Super-Welterweights
- Ben Mahoney vs. Koen Mazoudier; Super-Welterweights
- Shanell Dargan vs. Courtney Martin; Featherweights
- Iman Khataev vs. Gi Sung Gwak; Light-Heavyweights
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 9/3/23.
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Tim Tszyu career record and bio
- Nationality: Australian
- Born: November 2, 1994
- Height: 5’8″ 1/2 (174cm)
- Reach: 72 inches (183cm)
- Total fights: 21
- Record: 21-0 with 15 wins via knockout
Tony Harrison career record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Born: September 6, 1990
- Height: 6’2″ (185cm)
- Reach: 76 inches (194cm)
- Total fights: 33
- Record: 29-3-1 with 21 wins via knockout