Australia was a beautiful place to visit. Tony Harrison enjoyed taking a look at the Kangaroos up close and had no issue with the brutal heat this past March. Heading into his showdown against Tim Tszyu, a shirtless Harrison showed up to the final presser as confident as ever. In the end, however, Tszyu made him eat every word that he uttered.

The Detroit native was competitive during long stretches of their clash but the younger and fresher Tszyu outlasted him, beating the former champ via ninth-round stoppage.

Harrison, despondently, sauntered to the post-fight podium and gave Tszyu his respect. As for his own career, he gave an indication that it might be time to walk away from the sport he loves and focus fully on the coaching aspect of the game.

Although he appeared to be on the verge of walking out the door and hanging up his gloves for good, Harrison (29-4-1, 21 KOs) has seemingly snapped back into his senses.

“F--- yea,” said Harrison to when asked if he plans on fighting again. “Motherf------ can’t make me leave. I leave when I wanna leave. But what I'm a do is I’m a do it smarter.”

The normally loquacious trash-talker was uncharacteristically quiet for months. During that time, he thought things over. At the age of 32, Harrison still believes that he has plenty left to give and in his opinion, his skills aren't eroding. In a nutshell, Harrison has an idea as to why he’s looked so lackadaisical for the past four years.

“Tony Harrison has been fighting at 152 as an amateur since I was 10-year-olds. I am 32 years old and I am still fighting at 154. I can’t do it no more. It’s making these guys look like they f------ unbeatable but it’s all Tony Harrison.”

Competing at the same weight took an extreme amount of discipline. But while he’s never missed weight and never complained about making any grueling weight cuts, both his chin and gas tank might be compromised at 154 pounds.

Ultimately, the pick-me-up Harrison believes he’ll receive at 160 pounds is well worth the gamble. With that said, the former WBC titlist has no plans of tiptoeing silently into his new division.

“I’m a go to 160 and I’m a f--- some sh!t up.”