Tim Tszyu vs. Tim Harrison, World Title Fight Date, Details, Preview, Glen Jennings, Trash Talk

The man in charge of Tim and Kostya Tszyu’s careers has warned American Tony Harrison about his increasing level of trash talk, saying: “Look at the story… and another loud guy named Zab Judah”.

Almost 22 years to the day since Kostya Tszyu stunned the boxing world with his huge KO win over Judah, Glen Jennings says he now sees history repeating itself with the Hall of Famer’s son.

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On the eve of fight week, the Detroit native chided Tszyu for not being like the old man for not having tough fights and even suggested that the Sydney sider speak up if he genuinely thinks he is a contender.

Elsewhere, the undeniably gifted American – and only man to defeat Jermell Charlo – has also taken many shots at his younger rival’s fighting style, which he describes as fundamental, the cause of fighters getting drunk, and comparable to rock’ Em Sock ‘Em Robot.

But speaking to Fox Sports Australia, Team Tszyu manager Glen Jennings said all the talk reminded him little more than of a fight week in Las Vegas two decades ago.

Back when Tszyu senr looked every inch like the thunder from Down Under under those brightest MGM lights – he beat Judah so hard in just the second round of their world title showdown that his outspoken rival fell to the canvas before he tried, completely disappeared, getting up, stumbling again and then falling down again in what was later called the chicken dance.

Jennings, who watched this fight live and up close, has been thinking all of that over the past few days.

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World title rivals Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison. Image: Jonathan Ng
World title rivals Tim Tszyu and Tony Harrison. Image: Jonathan NgSource: News Corp Australia

“Actually, I’m sitting here watching an interview with Tony Harrison,” the manager said when contacted this week.

“And I see similarities with Zab Judah.

“Because in the run-up to this fight, Zab was on TV forever and baited Kostya.

“Just like Tony loves a chat too.

“Doesn’t make much sense. But he loves to talk.

“And that’s okay.

“I like the guy.

“Think he’d be a great guy to have a beer with.

“But if he thinks that’s how you have to behave to be a fighter, he’s wrong.

“Craziness.

“And actually strikes me as someone who might be a little insecure myself.”

Spurred on by Harrison’s verbal attacks on Tszyu, Jennings continued, “Tony has this misunderstood notion that Tim should tell him every name under the sun.

“I heard him say it.

“This Tim should be revved up. Animated.

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“He should be screaming, screaming, all that stuff, because that’s what championship fighters do.

“And if Tim doesn’t do that, then maybe he’s not a fighter.

“But when I hear that, I smile.

“Because look at the history when there was a Tszyu who also faced another loud guy named Zab Judah.

“Kostya didn’t have much to say at all this week.

“He was just minding business and coming home.”

Which became sort of a Tszyu signature, right?

“Oh, I remember Americans would bitch about Kostya all the time,” Jennings continued, laughing.

“And that’s because he came to fights, said nothing, beat up her boys and then left.

“So I find it interesting, this suggestion that if Tim isn’t yelling, if he’s not intimidating, talking himself up like Tony, he’s not a fighter.

American Tony Harrison was warned about his increasing trash talk. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“Yes, Tim talks a bit, but that’s not part of his personality.

“And you can’t change a person’s DNA.”

How will fight week end?

“Tim’s not a loudmouth,” Jennings said. “He’s a fighter.

“The whole personality of what a fighter really is is Tim Tszyu.

“And Tony Harrison is definitely a great salesman and we need those guys in the game.

“But not everyone is like that.

“And Kostya is the best example.

“For 10 years he would walk and buckle everyone in front of him while refusing to engage (verbally).

“Just wasn’t interested.

“He just said ‘See you Saturday night’.”

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