Home Boxing News Tim Tszyu finds inspiration in unlikely place ahead of Tony Harrison bout

Tim Tszyu finds inspiration in unlikely place ahead of Tony Harrison bout

Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison. Photo credit: No Limit Boxing

Undefeated Australian Tim Tszyu 21-0 (15) is looking outside the sport of boxing for inspiration ahead of his fight for the vacant WBO interim junior middleweight title against American Tony Harrison 29-3-1 (21) at Qudos Arena in Sydney, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

The 28-year-old Sydneysider has drawn on the professionalism of soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in preparation for what will be the toughest test of his career.

Tszyu says is his training camp has been his toughest one yet.

“Everything has been on point,” Tszyu said.

“I went and researched a little bit about Cristiano Ronaldo. I know he’s not a boxer but the way he approaches life is the way I am approaching life right now – as a true, 100 per cent athlete dedicated to his craft.

“Everything. Just the way I eat, when I eat, just true professionalism.

“I know when I was growing up my dad [International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Kostya] was an army sergeant with the way he approached life and I’m times two to how he was.”

Although he has earned a reputation as a puncher, Tszyu says he is more than comfortable with the fight going the distance.

“The funny thing is that as the rounds go up and up and up, I feel like I don’t get tired,” he said. “My breathing’s on point and everything’s just running smoothly.

“Right now I feel like I could run over anyone and it’s a good position and feeling to have, especially leading up to such a big fight.”

Tszyu was scheduled to face undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) on January 28 before the 32-year-old American broke his hand in sparring in late December and was forced to withdraw from the bout.

Harrison is the only boxer to defeat Charlo. The winner of Sunday’s bout will be first in line to face Charlo when he returns from injury.

Tszyu, who rates Harrison as a more difficult opponent than Charlo, says he will flick the switch to killer mode on the day of the fight.

“I can’t wait until I get this terminator mode and I get this feeling of kill or be killed,” Tszyu said to Sporting News Australia. “It’s going to come on fight night and it’s going to come nice and early and I want to see how he reacts to it.

“I know this ain’t going to be an easy fight. He’s the top dog out there. He’s got to know this isn’t going to be an easy fight. This is the grand opening for myself to take it to the next level.

“As long as there are no excuses, that’s all I’m asking.”

Tszyu vs Harrison will be broadcast on Main Event pay-per-view in Australia and Showtime in the United States.