By Brian Webber: Tim Tszyu shall be taking up former WBC 154-lb champion Tony Harrison for the interim WBO junior middleweight title on March twelfth in Australia.
The winner of the Tszyu – Harrison battle on March twelfth will face undisputed champion Jermell Charlo after he’s bodily capable of return to motion.
Tszyu & Harrison are preventing as a result of hand damage undisputed 154-lb champion Jermell Charlo suffered in coaching, which is predicted to maintain him on the shelf for a lot of the primary half of 2023.
The unbeaten Jermell won’t be 100% able to defend his 4 belts towards the Tszyu-Harrison battle till July or August.
Slightly than Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) sitting inactive till Charlo is wholesome sufficient to battle, he’ll face the 32-year-old ‘Tremendous Dangerous’ Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) for the interim WBO 154-lb title.
With Tszyu having been inactive since his 12 spherical unanimous determination victory over Terrell Gausha final March, it was necessary that he get again within the ring for a battle.
If Tszyu had chosen to attend till Jermell was again from his damaged left hand, he’d have been out of the ring for a 12 months and a half. The ring rust would give Charlo an enormous benefit over Tszyu and maybe sufficient for him to get by this battle with out being dethroned.
“I feel Australia goes to erupt. I haven’t fought for nearly a 12 months and a half again house, and I do know it’s going to be the largest present but,” stated Tszyu.
“However his largest drawback he’s operating into isn’t the followers; it’s me. He (Harrison) was the following greatest accessible possibility. I’m at that stage of my profession the place I don’t care who’s in entrance of me. I’m able to take all of them out.”
Preventing Harrison shall be a superb battle to set the desk for an enormous Charlo vs. Tszyu battle in the summertime.
The 32-year-old Harrison is ranked #2 WBC & #3 WBO, and is coming off a ten spherical unanimous determination win over Sergio Garcia final April. Earlier than that, Harrison fought to a 12 spherical draw towards Bryant Perrella in April 2021.
Inactivity has been a giant problem with Harrison, as he’s solely fought twice since dropping his WBC 154-lb title to Jermell by an eleventh-round knockout in December 2021. The dearth of exercise for Harrison may put him at an enormous drawback when he will get in with the 28-year-old Tszyu.