Tony Harrison Considers Retirement Following Loss to Tszyu
Former WBC junior middleweight champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (29-4-1, 15KO), after losing to mandatory challenger Tim Tszyu (22-0, 16KO), isn’t sure about his future in the sport. Retirement is not off the table.
Super Bad has been trying to get a trilogy fight with the undisputed kingpin Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo. In the build-up for the fight with the Aussie, Harrison stated the whole goal was to fight the undisputed champion. Moreover, Harrison made a statement that made boxing fans raise an eyebrow.
“When I get that fight again, win, lose or draw, it’s probably going to be it for me.”
It is never good for fighters to talk about leaving the sport with a tough fight coming up. Harrison’s shot at Charlo was within reach, assuming he got past Tszyu on March 12. In that fight, Tszyu would drop Harrison with a barrage of punches. Despite getting up, Super Bad was on unsteady legs and the referee would stop the fight in round nine.
TONY HARRISON IS UNSURE ABOUT CONTINUING TO FIGHT
Harrison was asked about his future plans at the post-fight press conference, but didn’t seem to have the answer.
“I don’t know. This boxing shit hard. I’ve been doing this shit since I was five . . . Getting hit in my face all the time – that’s not what I want to do for the next five or six years. So, I got a great job training the champ (Alycia Baumgardner) . . . I’m gonna sit back and talk to my brother first . . . if I do decide to keep going, this is going to be the same team. This is going to be where it ends at.”
Typically when fighters talk this way, fans already know that retirement follows. The boxing community awaits Harrison’s decision in the next few weeks.