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Both Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd were already on the verge of fulfilling their goal of fighting for a world championship leading up to their 154-pound showdown next week. Thanks to Jermall Charlo, that opportunity is now staring them in the face.
Like many of his boxing contemporaries, Tony Harrison really had no occupational Plan B if fighting for a living didn’t work out. Check that: He had a Plan B, but it wasn’t exactly along the lines of architect, businessman or doctor.
Deontay Wilder is the unquestioned A-list star of the Fox-televised Premier Boxing Champions event set for prime time on February 25. But the heavyweight champion won’t have to carry the show all by himself, as he’ll be surrounded by quite a strong supporting cast.
WIN vs Sergey Rabchenko 27-1-0
Jul 30, 2016 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Sergey Rabchenko LOSES to Tony Harrison by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Fernando Guerrero 22-1-0
Mar 05, 2016 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Fernando Guerrero by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Cecil McCalla
Oct 31, 2015 • NRG Arena, Houston
Tony Harrison WINS against Cecil McCalla by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Willie Nelson
Jul 11, 2015 • USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Tony Harrison LOSES to Willie Nelson by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Tyrone Brunson 22-3-1
Dec 20, 2014 • Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Tyrone Brunson by TKO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Bronco McKart 56-10-1
May 30, 2014 • Cobo Center Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Bronco McKart by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Grady Brewer 30-17-0
Feb 07, 2014 • Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Grady Brewer by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Donald Ward 6-2-0
Nov 27, 2013 • Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Donald Ward by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Marcos Primera 20-27-2
Sep 13, 2013 • Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Marcos Primera by RTD in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Gilbert Alex Sanchez 2-2-0
Aug 03, 2013 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Gilbert Alex Sanchez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Ruben Galvan 27-23-4
May 10, 2013 • Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Ruben Galvan by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Thomas Amaro 2-0-0
Mar 07, 2013 • Motor City Casino, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Thomas Amaro by KO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Daniel Urbanski 21-11-3
Nov 10, 2012 • O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Tony Harrison WINS against Daniel Urbanski by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Marqus Jackson 2-6-0
Oct 12, 2012 • Sportplex, Taylor, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Marqus Jackson by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Calvin Odom 15-11-0
Jul 27, 2012 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Calvin Odom by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Flavio Turelli 10-5-2
Jul 07, 2012 • Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland
Tony Harrison WINS against Flavio Turelli by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Ishwar Amador 11-9-0
May 11, 2012 • Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Ishwar Amador by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Alfred Hall 3-2-2
Mar 10, 2012 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Alfred Hall by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Harun Akcabelen 10-4-1
Mar 03, 2012 • ESPRIT arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Tony Harrison WINS against Harun Akcabelen by KO in Round 3 of 6
Win vs Dorian Hatcher 0-0-0
Oct 06, 2011 • Motor City Casino, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Dorian Hatcher by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Aloric Carson 0-0-0
Jul 30, 2011 • U.S. Steel Yard, Gary, Indiana, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Aloric Carson by RTD in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Tony Hervey 0-2-0
Jul 15, 2011 • Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Tony Harrison WINS against Tony Hervey by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Uwe Tritschler 3-4-1
Jul 02, 2011 • Imtech-Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Tony Harrison WINS against Uwe Tritschler by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Tony “Superbad” Harrison is determined to put Detroit back on the boxing map. One of the last protégés of late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Harrison is striving to reach the top of the 154-pound division.
Born with a boxing pedigree
Harrison was born with boxing in his blood. His grandfather Henry Hank won 62 fights during a 19-year pro career, and father Ali Salaam competed professionally at 147 pounds.
Although trained by his father, it was Harrison’s mother who steered him toward boxing after he was suspended from school repeatedly for fighting.
“My dad didn’t want me to box, but my mom got tired of seeing me get suspended,” Harrison said. “She told my dad to put me in the gym.”
Training under the tutelage of both his father and Steward, Harrison thrived as an amateur, compiling a record of 75-12, winning two Michigan Golden Gloves titles and reaching the semifinals of the National Golden Gloves tournament.
Strong out of the gate
Harrison, the second youngest of eight children, turned pro in 2011 on Steward’s advice instead of trying to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.
He made his professional debut in July 2011, gaining a first-round technical knockout of Uwe Tritschler in Hamburg, Germany.
Harrison stopped his first eight opponents, including five in the first round. He then won unanimous decisions in 2012 over veterans Calvin Odom and Daniel Urbanski to increase his profile.
With Steward also training heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Harrison fought in Europe on the same card as Klitschko four times, including three in 2012 alone, before Steward passed away in October 2012.
Continuing Steward’s legacy
It was Steward who gave Harrison the nickname “Superbad,” adopting it from former 160-pound Detroit-based fighter Bernard Mays, who died in 1994 at the age of 33.
Under the guidance of his father, Harrison stopped all five of his opponents in 2013, setting up a clash with veteran Grady Brewer, who won the second season of boxing reality show The Contender.
Fighting at the Masonic Temple in Detroit in February 2014, Harrison gained a second-round TKO of Brewer. He wrapped up the year with first-round stoppages of both former world champion Bronco McKart and Tyrone Brunson.
The 6-foot-1 Harrison opened 2015 by stopping Antwone Smith in the second round in Las Vegas in February in the main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
He then gained his 10th consecutive stoppage in April, scoring a third-round TKO of Mexican southpaw Pablo Manguia at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut in another headlining bout on ESPN.