To Brian Webber: Tim Chu will face former WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison for the WBO junior middleweight interim title on March 12 in Australia.
The winner of the Tszyu-Harrison match on March 12th will take on undisputed champion Jermell Charlo after he is physically fit again.
Tuju and Harrison are battling undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo due to a hand injury sustained in training that will keep him on the shelf for most of the first half of 2023. It is
The undefeated Jermell may not be 100% ready to defend the four belts against Tuju and Harrison’s fight until July or August.
Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) decided to take 32-year-old ‘Super Bad’ Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) in the interim WBO rather than take a hiatus until Charlo was healthy enough to fight. KOs). £154 title.
With Tszyu on hiatus since his 12-round unanimous decision victory over Terrell Gausha last March, it was important to get back in the ring to fight.
Had Tszyu chosen to wait until Jermel had recovered from a broken left hand, he would have been out of the ring for a year and a half. Ring rust would give Charlo a bigger advantage over Tsuju.
“I think Australia will explode. I haven’t fought in almost a year and a half since I came back home. I know it will be the biggest show ever.” Tsuju said.
“But the biggest problem he faces is not the fans. I’m at a stage where I don’t care if they’re in. I’m ready to take them all out.”
A fight with Harrison would be an excellent fight to set the table for a big Charlo vs. Tsuju fight in the summer.
Harrison, 32, is ranked No. 2 in the WBC and No. 3 in the WBO, beating Sergio Garcia by 10-round unanimous decision last April. Prior to that, Harrison fought Bryant in April 2021 with Perera until a 12-round draw.
The lack of activity has been a big problem for Harrison as he has only fought twice since losing the WBC 154-pound title to Jermell via an 11th round knockout in December 2021. With 28-year-old Tsuju.