Results / Photos: Tim Tszyu breaks down Tony Harrison
The Tszyu Harrison card is set to get underway at 11 p.m. ET – Undefeated Australian boxing star Tim Tszyu will take on American former world champion Tony Harrison in a 12-round WBO super welterweight world title fight, Sunday, March 12, at Qudos Bank Arena in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.
Tim Tszyu – “Everything has been on point.I went and researched a little bit about Cristiano Ronaldo. I know he’s not a boxer but the way he approaches life is the way I am approaching life right now – as a true, 100 per cent athlete dedicated to his craft. Everything. Just the way I eat, when I eat, just true professionalism.
“I know when I was growing up my dad was an army sergeant with the way he approached life and I’m times two to how he was.”
WHEN IS TSZYU VS. HARRISON? DATE, START TIME
- Date: Saturday, March 11
- Start time: 11 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. GMT
- Main event ringwalks (approx): 2 a.m. ET / 6 a.m. GMT
- The fight will take place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
- Showtime will broadcast the fight in the U.S
- The main card is set to get underway at 11 p.m. ET / 4 a.m. GMT with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 2 a.m. ET
The funny thing is that as the rounds go up and up and up, I feel like I don’t get tired. My breathing’s on point and everything’s just running smoothly. ”
“Right now I feel like I could run over anyone and it’s a good position and feeling to have, especially leading up to such a big fight.”
Tony Harrison – “Experience is always the biggest teacher man. Everything that I’ve seen, everything that I’ve known, everything that i’vve done. All the bad shit that i’ve been through, all the late rounds that ive panicked in. Tim’s fighting me at the right time. Those mistakes won;t be made again.
I feel confident in the camp I’ve had, I feel confident in the fun I’ve had I’ve put in and the fight I’ve had and come Sunday…and the new.
“I’ve lost the last couple of times in the late rounds and he’s the guy who’s tough and strong, high pace. So I definitely understand why they (bookmakers) think that way or why they are setting this guy to win the fight.
“But every time they do shit like that, we kill ’em. We kill ’em. We’ve made like a year’s monthly mortgage payments out of shit like that, we and the family.
“I always back myself. Always.”
Support from the NSW Government has enabled the high-profile return to Sydney and Qudos Bank Arena for Tszyu, who will attempt to win his maiden world title in his first fight on home soil since defeating Japan’s Takeshi Inoue in November 2021.
The bout will be one of the most significant fights in Australia’s history and Main Event will provide fans around the country with ringside access to all the action, with live and exclusive coverage available on Pay-Per-View through Foxtel and Kayo Sports.
American Tony Harrison is the former WBC super welterweight world champion and remains the only fighter to have defeated Tszyu’s previously-scheduled opponent in current undisputed champion Jermell Charlo.
In one of the most exciting Australian cards of all time, Tszyu’s younger brother and rising super welterweight star, Nikita Tszyu, will enter the ring on his older sibling’s card for the very first time against undefeated southpaw and current Australasian champion Bo Belbin.
World ranked super bantamweight contender Sam Goodman takes on Irish former world champion T.J Doheny in a 10 round all action fight with world title implications on the line.
And former Olympian showstopper Paulo ‘Sweet P’ Aokuso continues his race towards an historic world title inside seven fights against experienced Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez.
Tszyu-Harrison will be broadcast live on Foxtel’s Main Event and Kayo Sports in Australia and in the USA and worldwide.
Promoted by No Limit Boxing, in partnership with the NSW Government, tickets starting at $79 go on sale Friday and can be purchased via Ticketek.com.au.
“Tim Tszyu is the undisputed superstar of Australian boxing and I am delighted he gets to fight for his very first world title in front of his incredible hometown fans in Sydney,” No Limit Boxing CEO, George Rose.
“Tony Harrison is Tim’s toughest test by a mile and he will no doubt be ready to bring his very best on what I expect to be a tough day down under for him inside and outside the ring.
“It’s going to be a history-making event with an atmosphere never seen before at a world title fight in Australia. Sydney is not going to know what hit it when the first bell rings on Sunday, March 12 (Saturday, March 11 in USA).”
NSW Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said this was an exciting addition to the state’s extensive sporting events calendar in 2023.
“Tim Tszyu was born and raised in Sydney, so where better to stake his claim for a World Title than here on his local turf, in front of a home crowd, with the world watching on,” Mr Henskens said.
“World title bouts are broadcast internationally and will showcase NSW as the leading sports State of Australia and a city that punches above its weight to produce unforgettable sporting moments.”
Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany said the Tszyu-Harrison world title continues a long legacy of supporting superfights in Australia to both national and international audiences.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with No Limit Boxing to bring the Kayo Sports and Fox Sports magic to this world-class bout, held right here in Sydney, and broadcast exclusively to our more than 3 million sports subscribers around Australia, through Main Event on Kayo Sports and Foxtel,” Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany said.
“We have backed boxing for more than 25 years, and through our new multi-year agreement with No Limit Boxing, Kayo Sports and Fox Sports will continue turbocharging its growth through what will undoubtedly be a golden era for the sport in Australia.”
TIM TSZYU – “This is a big one. The entire boxing world is talking about it and it means we’re doing things right – taking the big fights as I’ve always wanted the big fights. I’ve always wanted to get a big name on the resume and now there’s just one job left to do.
“I see Shawn Porter and [undisputed woman’s super featherweight champion] Alycia Baumgardner out there. It’s the magnitude of the event, you know. We’re the two top contenders and that’s what brings the stars out.
“[Harrison has been talking a lot, but] wait till he feels the first jab and it’s all going to change. On Sunday, we’ll see.
“I’m feeling intimidating right now. I need someone in front of me. See that water out there. Well, that water’s going to be in this ring and I’m going to drown him and suck the life out of him.”
TONY HARRISON – “That’s about all I needed to show today. I could have taken off my, but I didn’t want the crowd to go nuts, you know?
“Nah, everyone loves my accent, so they adapt to me, I don’t adapt to them. I love Australia. I think I’ll stay a couple extra days here after the fight.
“This is exactly what our division needs. This is what boxing needs. This is the year all the best fight the best.
“My trump card is here, and I don’t brag a lot about people, but whenever I fight an orthodox fighter, my trump card is none other than Charles Conwell. Trust me, give it a couple of years and he’ll be fighting for a belt soon. This is Michigan vs. Ohio State, we all know about that.”
Viewers in Australia will be able to watch Tszyu-Harrison on MainEvent.com.au or KayoSports.com.au.
TSZYU – HARRISON FIGHT CARD
- Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison; Light middleweight
- Sam Goodman vs. TJ Doheny; Super bantamweight
- Koen Mazoudier vs. Ben Mahoney; Light middleweight
- Paulo Aokuso vs. Yunieski Gonzalez; Light heavyweight
- Isaac Hardman vs. Rohan Murdock; Super middleweight
- Nikita Tszyu vs. Bo Belbin; Light middleweight
- Shanell Dargan vs. Courtney Martin; Women’s featherweight
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