Tony Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) and Tim Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) put all of it on the road tonight as they do battle, attempting to punch their tickets to combat undisputed junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo. The Tszyu vs. Harrison combat will probably be proven by Showtime in a uncommon one-fight broadcast at 10:45 p.m. ET/7:45 p.m. PT from the Qudos Financial institution Enviornment in Sydney, Australia.
Curiously, Jermell Charlo will probably be a part of Showtime’s broadcast staff tonight, so followers within the U.S. can hear his observations in regards to the Tszyu-Harrison conflict.
The younger gun Tszyu is the betting favourite to win tonight, however he’s going up towards arguably the perfect boxer within the 154-lb division in former WBC junior middleweight champion Harrison.
We don’t know the way a lot Harrison has left at this level in his profession, as the mix of inactivity, age, and ring put on have precipitated his boxing abilities to erode.
Harrison hasn’t executed himself any favors by electing to combat simply twice within the final 4 years. Solely he is aware of why he’s stopped ceaselessly preventing after his eleventh spherical knockout loss to Jermell Charlo of their rematch in December 2019.
It may very well be that preventing for smaller paydays than he’s been accustomed to getting wasn’t his cup of tea. We see that typically with former champions.
As soon as they’re dethroned, they will’t wrap their heads round taking pay cuts to return to being only a common challenger, making lesser cash.
“Tony Harrison out-boxes Tim Tszyu; though I believe Tim Tszyu is an effective boxer and an enormous puncher, I believe Tony Harrison is among the best-skilled boxers in boxing,” stated Carson Mertz to the Porterway Podcast about tonight’s Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison combat on Showtime.
“The chin, that’s an enormous issue [negatively impacting the 32-year-old Harrison]. Tim Tszyu clearly has energy.”
“Tony used to have this misleading energy the place he would throw a proper hand that may stun guys and put them down, and so they wouldn’t stand up,” stated Shawn Porter about how Tony Harrison used to attain lots of knockouts and confirmed extra energy than what we’ve seen from him as he’s aged.
“It was the identical factor when he would throw hooks and sleep guys. I believe with age and maturity, that stinging energy isn’t what it was,” stated Porter in regards to the 32-year-old Harrison, who hasn’t scored a knockout in 5 years since 2018.
“I believe Tim is the man with the misleading energy. He’s not loopy quick, not loopy explosive the place you simply know if that punch lands [you’re in trouble]. He has this misleading energy, it thumps, and he’s capable of harm guys.
“I believe it’s going to be an attention-grabbing combat as a result of Tony goes to field, and he’s going to line up the precise hand. Hopefully, he’s not gunshy, and he lets it rip as a result of if he lets it rip, Tim may stroll into one thing. If he doesn’t stroll into one thing now, he’s going to be placed on discover that Tony is right here to combat, after which it turns into an attention-grabbing combat. On paper, it is a combat for Tim to win,” stated Porter.
“Credit score to Tim for taking this combat with Tony as a result of he was speculated to combat Jermell Charlo, after which Jermell will get harm. Tszyu may have waited for Charlo to come back again, or he may have taken a a lot lesser opponent than Tony Harrison. Kudos to him,” stated Mertz.
“That’s what I imply. It’s designed to make Tim Tszyu vs. Jermell Charlo extra attention-grabbing,” stated Porter. “If Tim takes out Tony, the narrative there’s there’s a bit extra to speak about.
“Proper now, you may have him there because the son of an awesome fighter; you may have him being an Australian fighter. You need the [Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison] trilogy.”
“You take a look at the primary two fights with Charlo and Tony. Within the first combat, Harrison out-boxes him,” stated Mertz. “I had Harrison successful the second combat, after which hastily, his chin didn’t maintain up, and it sort of was what it was.”