Tim Tszyu is set to meet Jeff Horn in a big Australian showdown on Wednesday, a 10-round fight at 154 pounds, which will stream live in the United States on ESPN+ (5 am ET), and the second generation fighter is confident that he’s the better man.
“Becoming a world champion is one thing, but staying world champion is another thing. He’s reached his highs and he doesn’t have the characteristics to stay as a world champion. I mean, look at what Crawford did to him. I don’t think Horn even won two or three seconds of that fight. That just proves the different class. That’s the difference [between me and him]. Once I win a world title, I will stay a champion. I will show the two different classes we’re at right now.”
The 32-year-old Horn (20-2-1, 13 KO) has definitely had his struggles since his controversial upset of Manny Pacquiao in 2017, going 3-2 in his last five fights. He beat Gary Corcoran and the husk of Anthony Mundine, and between those fights he was annihilated by Terence Crawford in Las Vegas in June 2018. Last year he split a pair of fights with Michael Zerafa.
Tszyu (15-0, 11 KO) is the younger man at 25, will have a notable reach advantage, and figures to be the much fresher fighter. Horn always comes to fight, which is sometimes good and sometimes gets him beaten up, and the fight is much more about seeing exactly how good young Tszyu is at this point, which should be interesting.
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