On March 12 in Australia, Tim Tszyu will square off against Tony Harrison for the interim WBO junior middleweight title, it was revealed on Sunday.
The location and city were not made public, but the fight will take place that Sunday afternoon in Australia and be broadcast live on television in prime time on Saturday night in the United States.
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Tszyu, an Australian celebrity and the son of legendary boxer Kostya Tszyu, was scheduled to face Jermell Charlo on Saturday for the undisputed 154-pound title but the American fighter withdrew due to a fractured left hand.
Tszyu (21-0, 15 KOs) will now face his greatest test to yet, and if he succeeds, he will fight Charlo later this year for all four junior middleweight championships after receiving the all-clear from his doctor. The interim champion will be crowned if Charlo is unable to successfully defend his WBO title within the time frame specified by the Puerto Rico-based organization.
Harrison (29-3-1, 21 KOs) bounced back in April with a decisive win over Sergio Garcia, his first victory since shocking Charlo in a contentious unanimous decision in December 2018.
The 32-year-old boxer from Detroit is skilled, but he has been stopped in each of his defeats, including an 11th-round knockout in the title rematch with Charlo in December 2019. Harrison, who is ranked No. 1 at 154 pounds, one slot below Tszyu, was unexpectedly held to a draw in April 2021 against unproven challenger Bryant Perrella.
Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison: Where Are They?
In Sydney, the city where Tszyu was born, he will compete for his first world crown.
The WBO super-welterweight world championship fight between Tszyu and American Tony Harrison will take place at Quds Bank Arena next month.
The mega event will take place on Sunday, March 12. Sydney won the bid to host it over Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
Just under 20,000 people can fit in the Sydney Olympic Park arena, but a large audience is anticipated to watch the well-liked Australian in action.
What is the time difference in Australia?
Due to the international significance of the fight, the card is set to get underway late on Sunday morning in Sydney.
With Sydney 16 hours ahead of U.S. ET, that allows for a primetime Saturday night broadcast in America when the main event kicks off in the afternoon.
Here is a guide to help you when it comes to the main card and main event start times for Tszyu vs. Harrison.
|Country||First fight | Main card | Main event times|
|Australia||10 a.m. AEDT | 12 p.m. AEDT | 3 p.m. AEDT|
|United States||6 p.m.* ET | 8 p.m.* ET | 11 p.m.* ET|
|United Kingdom||11 p.m.* GMT | 1 a.m. GMT | 4 a.m. GMT|
What time is Tszyu vs Harrison?
The event is due to begin at 8pm local time which is 11am AEDT.
A three-fight card has been put together featuring two ten-round bouts ahead of the 12-round main event.
Depending on how long the earlier fights last, Aussie fans can expect Tszyu and Charlo to step into the ring around 2pm AEDT (subject to change)
How to watch Tszyu vs Harrison in Australia?
The much-hyped US debut of the Aussie will unsurprisingly be aired live on pay-per-view in Australia. Fans will be charged $59.95 to purchase the event through Main Event.
Foxtel’s Main Event will broadcast the fight, kicking off coverage at 11am on January 27.
Aussie fans without Foxtel can still purchase the fight through streaming service Kayo.
Where is Tszyu vs Harrison?
Not in Los Angeles as originally planned, Tszyu will be making his US debut in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The fight will take place at The Armory – an historic 8,400 person capacity venue in the downtown Minneapolis.
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Tszyu vs Harrison full card
- Tim Tszyu vs. Tony Harrison
- Paulo Aokuso vs. Yunieski Gonzalez
- Sam Goodman vs. TJ Doheny
- Nikita Tszyu vs. Bo Belbin
- Issac Hardman vs. Rohan Murdock
- Koen Mazoudier vs. Ben Mahoney
- Shanell Dargan vs. Courtney Martin
- Imam Khataev vs. Gi Sung Gwak
Tim Tszyu (Australian boxer)
Who will win?
OfCourse we’ll have to wait to find out that one.
Expect Harrison to go in as a warm Favorite, having taken out a host of the division’s best.
The only blemishes on his record a loss to Tony Harrison and a draw with Brian Castano were both avenged with knockout victories in the rematches.
Charlo is a devastating puncher and showed brilliant timing and ring IQ to defeat Castano in May.