Get your boxing tips for this Sunday’s blockbuster between unbeaten Australian phenom Tim Tszyu and seasoned American Tony Harrison in Sydney.

Boxing Tips – Tim Tszyu V Tony Harrison

15:00 (AEDT), Sun 12th Mar @ Quodos Bank Arena, Sydney

Career records: 

  • Tszyu – 21-0 (15 wins by KO/TKO)
  • Harrison – 29-3-1 (21 wins by KO/TKO)

Last bouts: 

  • Tszyu def Terrell Gausha – Unanimous Decision (12 rounds) – March 26, 2022
  • Harrison def Sergio Garcia – Unanimous Decision (10 rounds) – April 9, 2022

Final thoughts: Tim Tszyu heads into his hometown showdown with 32-year-old American Tony Harrison as a heavy $1.35 favourite as he aims to extend his career record to 22-0.

The clash at Quodos Bank Arena in Sydney sees the interim WBO Junior Middleweight title go on the line. Tszyu is already the owner of the WBO Global Light-middleweight belt, having successfully defended it seven times since taking it off Dwight Ritchie in 2019.

Both fighters step into the ring for the first time in almost a year.

Tszyu, 28, makes his first appearance since a successful – but far from smooth – US debut last March. The Aussie hit the canvas in the first round against Terrell Gausha before recovering to seemingly dominate the fight. He ultimately claimed a narrow victory on the scorecard by unanimous decision.

It was the second straight time Tszyu had gone 12 rounds after five straight TKO victories – gutsy Japanese stalwart Takeshi Inoue also went the distance in Sydney in November 2021.

Tszyu was susceptible to Gausha’s big overhand rights. His flat-footed style and lack of head movement could be exposed by a higher class of fighter. Whether that means someone like Harrison is up for debate.

Harrison has a 29-3-1 record with an imposing 21 knockouts – though he last stopped an opponent back in 2018. He won the WBC light middleweight title in a career highlight in 2018 from Jermell Charlo, who he lost it back to a year later.

Since then the Detroit native has fought out a draw with Bryant Perrella in April 2021 and taken a unanimous decision over Sergio Garcia in April 2022, the latter earning him the vacant WBC Silver Light-middleweight belt.

Harrison remains the only fighter to defeat Charlo and the winner of this bout is set to face the undisputed super welterweight world champion later this year. So there’s a huge amount at stake for both competitors.

Make or break for Tszyu

It’s being billed as the biggest test of Tszyu’s career so far. Harrison is certainly the best-credentialled boxer he’s taken on and has a four-and-a-half height and reach advantage.

Tszyu is the more powerful puncher but will have his work cut out getting close enough to launch some bombs on Harrison.

Harrison is used to being the underdog and has fought higher-rated boxers than Tszyu. But there is a question mark over whether he has taken his fought off the gas ambition- and preparation-wise since his epic, lucrative pair of bouts against Charlo.

Tszyu has been building towards a breakthrough fight, patiently climbing the ladder and working for his opportunity in the big time overseas and stepping out of the shadow of his family name once and for all. Aside from a couple of early missteps against Gausha, he couldn’t have done much more with the cards he’s been dealt in his career to date.

Tsyzu will be laser-focused on his goal: a title fight against Charlo. He knows that disappears with a loss to Harrison. He’s astute and disciplined enough to iron out the creases of his performance and style against Gausha.

Harrison’s three losses were all by knockout. He’s been the distance nine times for eight wins and a draw. Expect this one to go the full 12, despite the power and ferocity on show from both corners, with Tszyu coming out on top.

Tip: Method of Victory – Tszyu by Points or Decision @ $3.15