Tony Harrison Wants Charlo’s Mandatory Challenger Tim Tszyu
In the junior middleweight division, challengers are waiting to see what is next while undisputed champion Jermell Charlo is out with an injury. Former WBC champion Tony “Super Bad” Harrison (29-3-1, 21KO) is willing to step in for Charlo and fight mandatory challenger Tim Tszyu (21-0, 15KO).
The boxing community was thrown back in the aftermath of the undisputed champion not being able to defend the crown against Tszyu. The Australian was ready to face the Texas champion on January 28, 2023. However, he released a statement acknowledging disappointment while showing a willingness to fight someone else.
“I’m ready to take on the next mandatory challenger.”
Harrison is willing to fill that void, and fans shouldn’t be surprised as he expressed wanting to fight Tszyu back in August. Furthermore, his high ranking (#2 WBC, #3 WBO) and status as a former champion would make this an attractive fight.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR TIM TSZYU?
Tszyu has not been in the ring since getting up off the canvas in the first round to defeat Terrell Gausha on February 26. He was thrust into the mandatory position shortly afterward and had been waiting for things to settle between Charlo and then-WBO champion Brian Castano.
Super Bad was last seen in the ring winning the vacant WBC silver title against Sergio “El Nino” Garcia on April 9. The 32-year-old Michigan native is eager to get a title shot since losing the belt in the rematch with Charlo in 2019. A victory over Tszyu would automatically put him in the mandatory position.
It will be interesting to see who team Tszyu decides to fight next while waiting on the return of the undisputed champion.
By: Bo Bland