Tim Tszyu Stops Tony Harrison In The Ninth Round
In a bout for the WBO interim junior middleweight title on March 12th, 2023, Tim Tszyu defeated Tony Harrison by stopping him in the ninth round at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
A sequence of right uppercuts saw Harrison retreat to the ropes. Tszyu then delivered two powerful right hands that severely hurt Harrison with a little over a minute left in the ninth round.
While Harrison got up from the canvas, the referee waved it off, deeming the American to be in no fit state to continue.
Tim Tszyu stops Tony Harrison in round 9, improving to 22-0 with 16 KO's! 🇦🇺 #TszyuHarrison pic.twitter.com/bVancuGnkm
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“You know what? I was smart. I was smart. I knew he had a jab, so I had to be smart about it because the opponent that I had in front of me, he’s the man that beat the man, which means I just beat the man who beat the man. What does that make me,” Tszyu.
Tszyu displayed a more assertive approach during the fight with Harrison, constantly applying pressure and effectively landing the stronger punches.
Although Harrison’s jabs had their moments of effectiveness, he was not able to land many impactful punches and never caused any significant damage to Tszyu.
And yet, to the surprise of many, all of the judges had Tszyu leading by a narrow margin at the end of the eighth round.
Tszyu has managed to maintain his position as the mandatory challenger for the unified champion Jermell Charlo’s belts by defeating the only opponent who had previously beaten the American.
Meanwhile, Harrison has to decide where he goes from here.
“The better man won tonight. And, you know, this city is electric, the crowd was electric. And, like I said, the better man won tonight. … The better man won tonight. I ain’t gonna, you know, give my assessment of him.
“The better man won tonight. That’s all I can say, is the better man won tonight. He on to bigger and better things. And, you know, I don’t know where I’ll go from here,” Harrison.