America by some means nonetheless doesn’t actually charge Tim Tszyu.
That’s the final consensus from the opposite facet of the world regardless of his spectacular TKO victory over Tony Harrison in Sydney on Sunday.
Tszyu knocked out Harrison within the ninth spherical, claiming the interim WBO tremendous welterweight title and incomes himself a shot at undisputed world champion Jermell Charlo.
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The 28-year-old took a danger by even preventing Harrison, given he may have simply sat on his fingers and waited for Charlo to recuperate from a hand harm that pressured their January struggle to be postponed.
However the danger paid off as Tszyu obtained some a lot wanted reps below his belt and claimed his first stoppage victory since 2021.
It was a powerful efficiency that went a protracted method to silencing his critics, lots of whom imagine Tszyu hadn’t fought an opponent of but till Harrison and have accused him of driving on his father Kostya’s coat-tails.
Many have been impressed by his efficiency, together with a gracious Harrison.
Nicely, it appears he didn’t fairly silence all of the critics. Tszyu is the obligatory challenger for Charlo’s unified belts and proved he’s as prepared as he will be to take him on.
However the American wasn’t overly impressed by the Aussie’s efficiency, declaring he didn’t see something from Tszyu’s win over Harrison he hadn’t seen earlier than.
“He was spectacular. He did what he needed to do at dwelling,” Charlo stated on the Showtime broadcast.
“He was a bit of flat to me. My motion, my model, my energy will make him do fully various things.
“That’s precisely what we’ve seen — come ahead, not as quick or a giant tempo. Robust, in fact. Throws arduous punches. Don’t all of us? However I’m a unique animal in there. I’m a unique fighter than Tony.
“Tim is subsequent and that’s what we had earlier than the harm. It’s not like I’m not ready already.
“He doesn’t actually present numerous athleticism to me. Whenever you’ve obtained expertise, and also you’ve obtained types and also you’ve obtained energy all collectively, you get 4 belts. He’s going to be a tricky struggle as a result of he’s coming ahead, however I believe he’s excellent for my model,” he stated.
“I do know he can’t take my punch, as a result of I simply know my punch is completely different. It simply made me wish to struggle, simply get this over with, shut him up, I’ve shut numerous them up, it’s simply one other one.
“He’s going to do the identical factor. He’s not going to vary a lot.”
Douglass Fischer, editor of revered boxing publication The Ring Journal, believes Tszyu wants one other couple of comparable fights below his belt earlier than taking over Charlo.
“Harrison offered glorious expertise for Tszyu,” Fischer tweeted.
“He wants one other bout or two like this earlier than being really prepared for a beast like Charlo, but when Charlo-Tszyu is subsequent, carry it on.”
Former world champion Ishé Oluwa Kamau Ali Smith stated Harrison didn’t give Tzsyu a lot of a take a look at and a counterpuncher would “have a subject day” towards him.
“It’s simple to look that nice with nothing coming again, nice take a look at and he handed however I used to be taking a look at him like my God a counter puncher would have a subject day on him,” the ex-light middleweight champion stated.
“Simply my ideas. I’d of liked it, all the time liked that model, Wolak form of model. It makes counter punchers like me dig deep, we love setting traps for guys like Tim. Nice win however Charlo, even Lubin I believe is to a lot, and who’s beating that freak of nature what’s his top once more.”
DAZN boxing commentator Sergio Mora was additionally fast to dampen the joy round Tszyu’s win.
The brutal actuality for Tszyu is till he beats Charlo and takes the belts off him in his yard, American boxing pundits and followers will all the time discover a motive to speak down Australian fighters.
As for when a Tszyu vs Charlo struggle may eventuate, it may occur in a matter of months, pending Charlo’s health.
“All of it comes right down to him and his restoration,” George Rose, boss of Tszyu’s administration No Restrict stated.
“I do know if I ask Tim when he needs to struggle, he’ll say tomorrow. He’d be able to go fairly quickly I believe I’d say fairly quickly.
“We’ll sit down and have a yarn collectively this week and prepare for what’s subsequent however it would come right down to when Charlo’s prepared. As quickly as he’s prepared, so’s Tim Tszyu.”
Whereas many have been fast to label Tszyu a world champion, he identified he solely received an interim belt, which is able to imply nothing if he can’t beat Charlo to change into simply the ninth undisputed champion in boxing historical past.
“That is the interim belt. The champ must be crushed,” Tszyu stated.
“It’s a bit of step up in my journey however the true one is thrashing Charlo.”
Charlo’s eagerness to close down the Tszyu hype practice appeared to quash discuss of the champion vacating his belts to maneuver up a division to tackle brother Jarmell.
Requested if Charlo may very well be operating scared, Tszyu scoffed: “Charlo isn’t scared. We’re fighters, we’re not scared. It’s simply a part of our mentality. There’s so such factor as being scared.”
The 32-year-old has repeatedly mispronounced Tszyu’s identify and a build-up to the struggle is sure to be spicy. “Charlo’s an actual offended man, that’s simply how he’s,” Tszyu stated. “He barks rather a lot.”