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Tony Harrison says victory over “basic” Tim Tszyu will put him back where he belongs

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Former WBC junior middleweight champion Tony ‘Super Bad’ Harrison 29-3-1 (21) has admitted that Tim Tszyu 21-0 (15) is tough, but doesn’t believe he has the skillset to hang with him when they meet at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia on March 12 local time.

“Basic means he does nothing that nobody doesn’t see with the naked eye,” Harrison said to FightHubTV.

“That’s what a basic fighter does. One gear straight ahead, pressure, pressure, pressure, throw as many shots as I can, take as many shots as I can, give a harder shot than I gave him.

“Just a basic fighter. He doesn’t show me nothing of a high level skill level of a set up of a high-level skill fighter.

“He’s going to have to show us. He can speak it all he wants, but come ten days from now, he’s going to have to show us.

“Eventually, all the talking goes in one ear and out the other, and eventually, you’ve got to show us.

“I’m the only fighter that was a world championship fighter that he’s fighting. He hasn’t fought a world championship fighter yet. I am the first one and I’ll probably going to be the last because he’s going to have to go back to the bottom and rebuild his stuff back up.

“Expect the unexpected. I think people are giving him more credit than he deserves when it comes down to the power aspect. He just went 12 rounds with Terrell Gausha, and Terrell shelled up most of the time.

“Terrell definitely felt the power and I’m pretty sure he’s not a weak kid. To sit here and say he’s like Kostya Tszyu, I think we’re giving him a little too much. I do think he’s strong enough to compete at the weight he’s fighting at.

“Do I think he’s the strongest? Nah. Do I think he hits harder than Jermell? Nah. Do I think he hits harder than Hurd? Nah. Come fight night, he’s got to show us, and He’s got to prove to us and show us.

“All the talk is over. I done flew across the world, and I’m here. There’s nothing else for me to talk about. I’m here. I don’t think anybody in the world can do that.

“What I think he can do is pick your spots where you can be better and to slow it down. But nobody has the will or the wits or skill enough to stop it.

“The dangers that anybody possesses. The toughness, the grit, the high activity, the pace. The same stuff that mostly everybody comes to fight me possesses when they come to fight me.”

The bout is for the WBO interim title at 154-pounds with the winner landing a shot at undisputed champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19). Harrison is the only man to defeat Charlo.

“[A win] just puts me back where I know I deserve to be,” said Harrison. “It’s going to be bitter sweet for me to do it and to come to Australia to do it like Devin Haney did it… Tony Harrison is next up.

“I’m going to relish the moment. I’m soaking it all in. I’m busting my ass. I’m not leaving no T’s uncrossed and no I’s undotted. I’m busting my ass here and I’ll be ready come fight night.”