Fighting Words: Tim Tszyu Talks Jeff Horn’s Value As A Champion
Not only is Tim Tszyu looking to prove he is every bit of a competitor as his father was, but he is ready to become a proper world champion. Tszyu believes he can prove to be better than Jeff Horn imagined he could be.
Speaking with ESPN, Tszyu (15-0) discussed his August 26 clash with Horn (20-2-1) in Australia. Horn is surprised he is an underdog in the fight but imagines it is because of Tszyu’s name. A former WBO Welterweight Champion, Horn is ready to prove doubters of him wrong. Tszyu on the other hand believes that Horn has already reached the status of a top-level fighter.
“There’s a lot of things that separate Jeff, an average world champion professional boxer, from a world-class contender,” Tszyu stated. “Becoming a world champion is one thing, but staying world champion is another thing.
Horn is 4-2 in his last six fights and 2-2 in his last four. Following a controversial win over Manny Pacquiao in 2017 for the WBO Welterweight Title (in Australia), Horn beat Gary Corcoran before losing the belt to Terence Crawford in 2018. Crawford landed 155 of 367 of punches thrown while Horn landed just 58 of 257 punches, via CompuBox. The fight ended after nine rounds.
Rebounding, Horn then beat Anthony Mundine to become the WBO Oriental and WBA Oceania Middleweight Champion. “The Hornet” lost the titles to Michael Zerafa before beating him in the rematch back in December. That majority decision win was his last bout. The climb back to the top might the hardest task for Horn as far as Tszyu is concerned.
“He’s (Horn) reached his highs and he doesn’t have the characteristics to stay as a world champion,” Tszyu went on to say. “I mean, look at what Crawford did to him. I don’t think Horn even won two or three seconds of that fight. That just proves the different class.
“That’s the difference [between me and him]. Once I win a world title, I will stay a champion. I will show the two different classes we’re at right now.”
Tszyu has won several regional titles. He won the IBF Australasian and WBO Global Light-Middleweight Titles from Dwight Richie last August. The 25-year-old last fought in December, beating Jack Brubaker via TKO, his eleventh win via some form of knockout. A win against Horn could propel him to world title status.
Tszyu believes his power will come in handy when all is said and done.
“I’m going to hit him from the top down and I’m going to keep hitting him until he gives up. I will hit him so hard that he quits,” Tszyu stated. “I’m eager to get back into the ring and proving that I am in the best in Australia. I’m at the point in my career where I’m in the best shape of my life.
“I want to win convincingly. I want to win by KO and I’ve trained for that. Whatever way it goes the only thing on my mind is victory.”
The fight between the two will be taking place inside Townsville’s Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Australia.