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Tim Tszyu looking for quick return after knockout victory over Tony Harrison

Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison. Photo credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

WBO number one junior middleweight contender Tim Tszyu 22-0 (16) will be back in the ring in July if everything goes to plan.

The 28-year-old son of retired undisputed junior welterweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Kostya Tsyzu stopped former WBC 154-pound champion Tony Harrison 29-4-1 (21) in nine frames at Sydney’s Qudos Arena in Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

The victory secured a shot at undisputed champion Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19), who was scheduled to defend his WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles against Tszyu on January 28 before the 32=year-old American injured his left hand in sparring in late December.

Tszyu’s manager Glen Jennings wants to see his charge back in action sooner rather than later.

“In a perfect world, we go in July,” Jennings said to Fox Sports. “We already know Tim isn’t carrying injuries from the win over Tony, which is wonderful. So we’ll do an assessment before he disappears on holiday but I’m thinking early to mid July would be ideal.

“Obviously we’re bound by Charlo’s recovery, but I do understand he’s back in the gym so there is every chance the fight is going to be earlier than everyone initially expected. And I know given what happened tonight, Tim and Igor (coach Goloubev) will want to keep rolling.

“After disposing of Harrison like he did, Tim now has to be considered among the elites. Up there with the top one cent. Tony Harrison, he was Tim’s ticket to credibility. This is the guy who beat Jermell Charlo. So now we go and fight Charlo ourselves. He has to answer to Tim just like Tony Harrison did. And Tim will win that fight. Prove he’s the best in the world in his division, bar none.

“So we ain’t afraid of anyone. Because there are now 22 fighters who’ve said Tim isn’t up to it. Said Tim is lower level, that he is nothing like his father. There have also been 22 silenced. And while Tim has some things like his father, he is still very much his own fighter. He’s developed a style that is Tim Tszyu, not Kostya Tszyu.”

Tszyu says he is more than ready to meet Charlo in the ring.

“Charlo’s a real angry man,” Tszyu said. “That’s just how he is. He barks a lot. Tony, on the other hand, is a happy man, happy [about] what he does, enjoys life a bit more. The other guy’s just grumpy all the time.”

He added that there was no bad feelings between the pair, despite a spicy lead up to the bout.

“There was never no bad blood between us, man, ever,” Tszyu said. “Like I said, I could show him around Australia one day and he can show me around Detroit one day.”