Who is Boxer Tony Harrison?
Tony Harrison is a professional boxer from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his powerful jab and devastating right hand.
He trains at the Harrison Gym in Detroit, which serves as many as 50 kids every day. The gym is full-service, family-run center that teaches children everything from boxing to arithmetic.
He is the grandson of Henry Hank
Henry Hank, a middleweight with 62 fights during a 19-year pro career, was his grandfather. Thirteen pictures of him line the hallway inside this gym, and a heavy punching bag is kept in the basement.
Harrison has never forgotten his grandfather’s legacy, though he lost him to Alzheimer’s in 2004. He started boxing at age 14 and has been a champion ever since.
During his amateur career, he was a member of the Henry Hank Boxing Gym team. Today, he helps fund and operate the gym along with his father Ali Salaam El.
Despite his loss, Harrison still feels that he can make a difference in the world through boxing. It’s a feeling that has been reinforced by his wins over veteran Bryant Perrella on April 17. He believes that the experience of losing and suffering have made him a stronger person, and that will be important in his upcoming fight with Fernando Guerrero.
He trained under Emanuel Steward
Tony Harrison trained under Emanuel Steward, a Detroit boxing coach who helped transform Kronk Gym from the basement of a local community center into a breeding ground for world champions. He guided many of the country’s top amateurs and produced a conveyor belt of champions, including Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.
The late trainer, who died in 2012, started training amateur fighters as a part-time coach at Kronk Gym in 1971 and guided seven boxers to Golden Gloves titles. By 1977, he was coaching one of his boxers into the professional ranks.
He coached heavyweight Lennox Lewis, who won a world title in 1994 and then lost it to Oliver McCall, then became a champion again by gaining revenge on McCall in 1997. He also coached former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko.
As a boxer, he was an outgoing, tenacious, and sometimes difficult competitor. He is also a family man who adores his two children, Jasmine and Aisha.
He has a record of 29-4-1 with 21 knockouts
A pupil of Emanuel Steward and grandson of Henry Hank, Tony Harrison has a record of 29-4-1 with 21 knockouts. He has a reputation for battling his opponents with grit and blue-collar toughness, much like the men who worked in the garages of his hometown in Detroit, Michigan.
He is a skilled jab fighter who can deftly slip his opponent’s punches and land counters. This allows him to stay in range and keep his opponent off balance, while also putting them on the defensive.
He has faced some high-level fighters, including a one-sided defeat of Jermell Charlo in 2018. But he has only fought three times since then and looks out of his depth against a younger opponent like Tszyu, who is unbeaten.
He has fought in Australia
In his most recent fight, Tony Harrison fought Tim Tszyu in Sydney, Australia on March 11, 2023. The two boxers met in a non-title bout and Harrison lost to Tszyu by 9th round technical knockout.
He has a record of 29-4-1 with 21 knockouts and four losses via knockout. He has also won the WBO light middleweight title in 2018.
In his last fight, Tim Tszyu defeated Tony Harrison by knocking out the American in the ninth round. This is Tszyu’s first world championship. He won the fight with a series of savage blows to the head and body.
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