In the near half-hour interview, Harrison spoke on several boxing-related subjects. He discussed a lot, from his upcoming fight with Bryant Perrella to his status among Michigan boxing legends. However, the interview took a sharp turn. When Harrison began discussing his peers, specifically Jermell Charlo, he didn’t bite his tongue.
Midway through the interview, Baligian and Bell co-host Joique Bell asked Harrison about a trilogy with Charlo.
And that’s when Harrison unloaded.
“Honestly, I probably don’t ever see a trilogy again,” said Harrison.
“I put so much fear in the fact of him losing. I don’t think he fears losing to anybody but me.”
Harrison didn’t stop there.
“The fact that I bring it like a dog in the ring, and I talk s*** like a D-boy, he hates that.”
Harrison’s remarks shouldn’t shock anyone. In their first encounter (2018), he defeated Charlo for the WBC light middleweight title by unanimous decision. However, Charlo won their rematch (2019) via 11th-round TKO.
While Bell tried to pressure Harrison into saying Charlo was scared of a rematch, Harrison didn’t take the bait. Instead, he pivoted while keeping his reiterating his initial stance.
“As of right now, I think for him, he’s chasing legacy now,” said Harrison. “I won’t even say that he’s scared. Like, if he would take fights, that wouldn’t matter in between him not trying to get all the belts, then I would say he’s scared. Like he just scared to fight me again, but he went to unify and get a couple [of] more belts, which is hands down a great path for him to go rather than taking a risky fight like mine again.”
“Now he’s trying to be the first unified champion in our division. So it’s really hard to say from a fighter to another that he’s scared, but he’s worried.”
Tony Harrison will fight Bryant Perrella on Saturday, April 17th, at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles. It will be Harrison’s first fight since his December 2019 bout with Charlo.
To view the full interview, click the video below.