Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison successfully made weight for Sunday’s world title fight in Sydney as the American continued his charm offensive on Aussie fight fans at the weigh-in.
While Friday’s official press conference was a jovial affair, a much more serious Tszyu stepped on the scale at 153.5 pounds (69.6kg) for their 154-pound championship match. Harrison officially weighed 153.5 pounds as well.
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Tszyu has spoken of his struggles to make weight in the lead up to previous fights but this time he looked strong and fit.
“The weight cut was much easier than I normally do it… my body feels in the best possible shape that it’s ever been.
“I’m ready man, this is my moment. 28 years of hard work leads up to this day.”
Tszyu, 28, and Harrison, 32, will fight for the WBO interim super-welterweight title. The winner is expected to fight unified champion Jermell Charlo in a bout touted for July.
Harrison continued taking shots at Tszyu while trying to perfect his Australian accent, provoking laughter from those in attendance.
“The real gravitate to me, man. I’m a hard guy not to like. A hard guy not to love.
“Everything I speak, I believe. And when you believe it, you put it on wax. And tomorrow I’m going to be able to put it on wax and show everybody why I am the baddest fighter in the world.
“Tim been nervous all week, he’s been trembling and shaking all week.
“I hope you don’t think I’m talking s–t, Imma back it up tomorrow.
“I know I sold every ticket that’s been bought,” he added. “It’s because of the energy Harrison has brought to the arena, you know what I mean?
“So I’m gonna bag it up tomorrow.
“I know you think I’m talking s… half the time but I’m going to bag it up tomorrow.”
All fighters on the card made weight, including Tszyu’s brother Nikita, who will fight on the same card as his brother for the first time.
“This is going to be a milestone moment for us,” Nikita said. “This is a memory we’ll share forever. I’m super excited.”
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