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Tony Harrison says Tim Tszyu is yet to face a world class fighter, doesn’t deserve number one ranking

Tony Harrison weighs in for the Bryant Perrella fight. Photo credit: Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

Tony ‘Super Bad’ Harrison 29-3-1 (21) has slammed the level of opposition Tim Tszyu 21-0 (15) has faced to secure the number one contender position in the WBO junior middleweight rankings.

The former WBC 154-pound champion from Detroit is in Australia to face the undefeated Tszyu at Qudos Arena in Sydney on Sunday afternoon local time.

The 32-year-old Harrison is the only boxer to defeat reigning undisputed champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) on points in December 2018. He lost his WBC belt to Charlo by 11th round knockout in their rematch one year later.

Harrison sees Tszyu as something of a queue jumper when it comes to putting himself in a position to challenge Charlo.

“The opponents you’ve faced have been shitty. We just judge you on the guys that you’ve fought; the guy you fought to get to the number one spot is fucking disgusting,” Harrison said.

“You saw me box and walk towards Jermell the second time, so expect the unexpected.

“I do see a lot of bad things that he does that’s not championship-level shit.

“He hasn’t fought a world championship fighter yet. I am the first one – and I am probably going to be the last because he’s going to go back to the bottom and has to rebuild this stuff back up.

“He’s not a weak kid but to say he’s like Kostya Tszyu, I think we’re giving him just a little too much [credit].

“I do think he’s strong enough to compete at the weight that he’s fighting at, but do I think he’s the strongest? Nah.

“Do I think he hits harder than Jermell? Nah.

“So come fight night, he’s got to prove it. He’s got to show us. All the talk is over.”

Harrison isn’t the only one who thinks Tszyu has bitten off more than he can chew. Undefeated former two-weight world champion Shakur Stevenson 19-0 (9) is backing his countryman to win on the road.

“Tony Harrison is going to beat him. As long as he don’t get caught, he should beat him,” Stevenson said to ThaBoxingVoice.

“I don’t think Tszyu is that good. I could see this fight go the distance. Like I said, Tony, as long as he don’t get caught with a good shot that hurts him, wobbles him, or gets him out of there, he’s skillfully really good.

“It’s going to be really hard for anybody to beat Tony Harrison when he’s on his A-game.”

Tszyu had been typically quiet in the lead up to the bout, saying he will do his talking in the ring.

“The hard work’s done,” Tszyu said. “I’m ready to go. My hands are quite itchy now.

“That’s the plan. That’s the best thing about boxing. When you get a loud mouth, you can smack ’em a few times in the chin and their mouth stops talking after that.”