By San Volz: Tony Harrison is hoping that Tim Tszyu recklessly comes at him this Saturday night because he’s going to catch him with something and knock him out in their fight for the interim WBO junior middleweight title at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
The 32-year-old former WBC 154-lb champion Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) feels Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) isn’t particularly skilled and has a basic style that is easy to figure out.
Harrison says Tszyu is just tough like many Australians, but not really talented. He feels that toughness alone isn’t going to be enough for Tszyu to beat him. He needs skills to do that, and he’s lacking in that department.
Harrison labels Tszyu “corny”
“They’re supposed to believe in their horse. That’s the guy they built up, and that’s the guy to possess all the fights and get all the belts,” said Tony Harrison to Fight Hub TV when told that Tim Tszyu’s team believes he’s going to knock him out.
“If Tim believes he’s going to come in and do what he did to all the rest of them guys, it’s going to be a sad day in Australia for them guys. Everything I went to prepared me for where I am right now,” said Harison when asked about his past knockout losses to Willie Nelson, Jarrett Hurd, and Jermell Charlo.
“If Tim thinks he’s going to do what he did two or three times in a row, it’s not going to happen. It doesn’t happen to a Detroiter. I think Tim is fighting a fine-tuned wined & dined king now.
“I’m not a vicious young lion now. I’m more of a seasoned vet now. So all the things I did in the beginning was perfect for me. You know what? I like that narrative. I like for them to keep that narrative. That means they’re going to come in wreckless and get caught,” said Harrison when told that people are paying that he’s old while Tszyu is young.
“My weight is great. I almost came in here with my shirt off, but I didn’t want to distract everybody. I’m a hard guy not to like. I’m a hard guy not to go for. Just the way I interact with people. Tim is the total opposite. He’s corny. I don’t know what Tim did to a lot of people,” said Harrison.
Tszyu will be chasing Harrison
“I’ve never been so relaxed and never been so excited. It’s a special moment in my career. It’s been 28 years in the making,” said Tszyu. “It’s such a big spectacle, but I believe this is the stage I was born for.
“It would be great, and I truly, truly believe it, and a lot of people will witness it because it’s going to happen. It’s not will it happen; it’s when it happens,” said Tszyu when asked if he believes he’ll knockout Harrison.
“It really is. I wouldn’t be running right now. It’s not good for you,” said Tszyu when told that Harrison was running today. “He’s probably getting used to what he’s going to do in the ring, and that’s run, run, run, and run.
“I’m not going to be running. I’m going to be chasing. I’m locked in. This is a big moment in my career. It’s 28 years in the making. I’m locked in. I feel good. Usually, I feel a little drained. Right now, I feel like I’m at the top of the world. Everything is going smoothly.
“I’ve got a few kilos to lose, but it’s part of the process. There will be a little bit of food. I’m keeping it nice and simple, but come fight night I’ll be s different monster.
“I’ll put on eight kilos. I’m a big boy. People don’t realize that I’m a thick boy as well. Once I get to the fight night, you’ll see the thickness in my body,” said Tszyu.