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Tim Tszyu gets world title shot against Tony Harrison in Australia – but he's taking a huge risk

Tim Tszyu will risk everything and fight for a world title in Australia against the only boxer to beat undisputed champion Jermell Charlo.

The Sydney product has locked in a March 12 meeting with American Tony Harrison for the WBO super-welterweight world title, with the city and venue still to be confirmed.

Tim Tszyu (pictured) will risk everything and fight for a world title in Australia against the only boxer to beat undisputed champion Jermell Charlo

Tim Tszyu (pictured) will risk everything and fight for a world title in Australia against the only boxer to beat undisputed champion Jermell Charlo

The Sydney pub has locked in a March 12 meeting with American Tony Harrison (pictured) for the WBO super-welterweight world title, with the city and venue still to be confirmed

The Sydney pub has locked in a March 12 meeting with American Tony Harrison (pictured) for the WBO super-welterweight world title, with the city and venue still to be confirmed

The Sydney pub has locked in a March 12 meeting with American Tony Harrison (pictured) for the WBO super-welterweight world title, with the city and venue still to be confirmed

Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) has remained in his United States camp since a January 28 dream shot at Jermell Charlo was put on ice after the undisputed champion broke his hand in training in December.

It has left the 28-year-old fighting for one belt instead of all of them and it will be a stiff task against the Detroit product Harrison (29-3-1, 21KO), the only man to ever beat Charlo.

The now 32-year-old earned the WBC belt in 2018 but then immediately handed it back to Charlo in a rematch.

Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) has remained in US camp since a January 28 dream shot at Jermell Charlo (pictured right with title belts) was put on ice when the undisputed champ broke his hand

Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) has remained in US camp since a January 28 dream shot at Jermell Charlo (pictured right with title belts) was put on ice when the undisputed champ broke his hand

Tszyu (21-0, 15KO) has remained in US camp since a January 28 dream shot at Jermell Charlo (pictured right with title belts) was put on ice when the undisputed champ broke his hand

Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne are reportedly in a race to host the Sunday afternoon spectacle.

Nikita Tszyu will also fight on the same card as his older brother for the first time, while father and former Australian boxing great Kostya – who defended three belts against Jesse James Leija in Melbourne in 2003 – will be a keen spectator.

‘I think Australia is going to erupt,’ Tszyu said in a statement on Monday, confirming his first fight in Australia for almost 18 months.

‘It’s a massive fight for Australia and a special moment in my career.

The winner will claim the interim title and face a fit-again Charlo for all four belts later this year

The winner will claim the interim title and face a fit-again Charlo for all four belts later this year

The winner will claim the interim title and face a fit-again Charlo for all four belts later this year

‘I have so many passionate fans supporting and following me, so I guess he will feel a certain craziness about the atmosphere in Australia.

‘But his biggest problem he’s running into isn’t the fans, it’s me.’

The winner will claim the interim title and face a fit-again Charlo for all four belts later this year.

Harrison is ranked No.2 by the WBC, No.3 by the WBO and was in a race with undefeated Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev to face Tszyu and create an avenue of their own to Charlo’s belts.

‘Every fight you take is all on the line, you’re one punch away from going back to the very bottom,’ Tszyu said of the risk the fight poses.

Harrison (pictured) is ranked No.2 by the WBC, No.3 by the WBO and was in a race with undefeated Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev to face Tszyu and create an avenue of their own to Charlo's belts

Harrison (pictured) is ranked No.2 by the WBC, No.3 by the WBO and was in a race with undefeated Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev to face Tszyu and create an avenue of their own to Charlo's belts

Harrison (pictured) is ranked No.2 by the WBC, No.3 by the WBO and was in a race with undefeated Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev to face Tszyu and create an avenue of their own to Charlo’s belts

‘It’s all on the line and a gamble, but this is what I do. This is boxing, it’s part of my career and I’m a fighter first.

‘He (Harrison) was the next best available option. I’m at that stage of my career that I really don’t care who is in front of me. I’m ready to take them all out.’

Fight fans have congratulated the Aussie on taking the gamble and risking his shot at superstar Charlo.

‘Good on Tszyu for taking a risk,’ tweeted one fan.

‘Big up Tim Tszyu,’ wrote another. ‘He’s not waiting for Charlo to come back from injury and holding up the division.  

Fight fans have congratulated the Aussie on taking the gamble and risking a shot at superstar Jermell Charlo

Fight fans have congratulated the Aussie on taking the gamble and risking a shot at superstar Jermell Charlo

Fight fans have congratulated the Aussie on taking the gamble and risking a shot at superstar Jermell Charlo

‘He’s putting his undisputed title shot at risk by fighting Tony Harrison, who is a top 5 fighter in that division and tough to fight stylistically! No tune ups!’   

Harrison has been eyeing off a date with Tszyu for some time but will hope his punching accuracy is better than his knowledge of Australian fauna.

‘Take me on a vacation,’ he told reporters last year.

‘Let me see the kangaroos and rattlesnakes and s**t like that, I want that.

‘I want to fight him, but I want to fight him over there.’

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