Tim Tszyu wants Spence fight after learning of his bet on Tony Harrison

By Boxing News - 03/07/2023 - Comments

By Dan Ambrose: Tim Tszyu says he’s interested in facing Errol Spence Jr after learning of his $10,000 bet in favor of Tony Harrison of beating him on Saturday night in Sydney, Australia.

Spence isn’t the only American that is picking against Tszyu in the Harrison fight. Shakur Stevenson also recently chimed in with his thoughts, saying that Tszyu isn’t very good and that Harrison would beat him on Saturday.

According to Tszyu, this isn’t the first time that Spence has bet against him, as he picked Terrell Gausha to defeat him last year in March.

Spence was proven wrong with his big, but now he’s at it again, selecting another aging veteran to defeat Tszyu in their 12 round encounter in Australia.

“The guy’s a punk,” said Tim Tszyu to Fox Sport Australia about his thoughts on Errol Spence betting against him in his fight against Tony Harrison this Saturday.

“Remember, this is the same person who also said Terrell Gausha was going to beat me in my last fight too. So what happened there, Errol?

For some reason, he just doesn’t like me. He’s Team America; I guess that’s how they are. These punks will all be put on notice. I’ve got a long future ahead of me, and I’ll pinpoint all of them one by one,”  said Tim.

Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) doesn’t think much of the welterweight champion Spence betting against him, but he would like to face him because he feels that would be a huge match. Spence could be moving up to 154 for his next fight against Keith Thurman.

“Could be,” Tszyu said when asked if Spence’s bet comment was him getting the ball rolling for a fight against him. “And that would make one hell of a fight. But I’d also welcome that fight with both hands.”

Even if that fight fails to come off, the 33-year-old Spence will likely move up in weight permanently soon because it’s become difficult for him to make the 147-lb limit. In Spence’s last fight against Yordenis Ugas in April 2022, he looked skeletal and sickly at the weigh-in, and it was hard to believe that he would make it to the ring without collapsing.

After that fight, there’s no reason for Spence to continue to put himself through the ordeal of melting down to 147 because it’s too risky, and there’s not enough gain for him to stay in the weight class due to the absence of stars.

But first things first, the 28-year-old Tszyu must get past former WBC 154-lb champion Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) this Saturday, March 11, at the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Australia. The Tszyu-Harrison event will be shown on Showtime at 10:45 p.m. ET.

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