Tim Tszyu senses that there is more respect for him within the boxing world due to his impressive win against Tony Harrison three months ago.

Tszyu handled Harrison easier than anticipated March 12 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia. The undefeated Sydney native was ahead 77-75 on all three scorecards entering the ninth round, in which he dropped and stopped the former WBC super welterweight champion.

The 28-year-old Tszyu’s stoppage of Harrison is considered his most noteworthy win in six years as a professional.

“I think there’s definitely more respect there,” Tszyu told BoxingScene.com. “I knew that was gonna come because of the opponent that Tony Harrison is, you know? You get rid of Tony Harrison in style, then of course there’s gonna be way more respect coming after that. So, yeah, it’s definitely been a good response.”

Tszyu (22-0, 16 KOs) and his handlers wasted little time in arranging another fight for him while he waits for his shot at Jermell Charlo to be rescheduled.

The WBO interim junior middleweight champion will make the first defense of his title against Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo (35-2, 23 KOs) on Sunday afternoon at Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Australia. Their 12-round bout will headline a pay-per-view show in Tszyu’s home country ($59.99; 12 p.m. AEST).

Showtime will televise Tszyu-Ocampo live Saturday night in the United States as the main event of a two-fight telecast that’ll begin at 11:30 p.m. EDT (8:30 p.m. PDT). Undefeated junior featherweight contender Ra’eese Aleem (20-0, 12 KOs), of Muskegon, Michigan, and Australia’s Sam Goodman (14-0, 7 KOs) will open Showtime’s broadcast in a 12-round, 122-pound IBF eliminator.

Though he will again risk his secured shot at Charlo’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles, Tszyu considers it imperative to remain as active as possible so that he is sharp when he eventually challenges Charlo. Tszyu informed BoxingScene.com that the Charlo clash could happen as soon as October, but he hasn’t been told a specific date or site.

“I’ve got that good mentality to keep improving, keep trying to get better, keep growing in this sport,” Tszyu said. “And that’s why I’ve taken on this fight, to get another training camp in, see improvements, see the mistakes I made in my last fight and just keep getting better and better.”

Tszyu was scheduled to battle Charlo (35-1-1, 19 KOs), boxing’s undisputed 154-pound champion, on January 28 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas. Their fight was postponed indefinitely once Charlo suffered two fractures in his left hand during a sparring session a few days before Christmas.

Tszyu is sure Charlo has taken him more seriously after witnessing his performance against Detroit’s Harrison (29-4-1, 21 KOs), who is the only opponent to beat Charlo in the Houston native’s 15-year professional career. The son of legendary former junior welterweight champ Kostya Tszyu thinks there are still plenty of skeptics he needs to convince, though, that he is an elite-level fighter in their division.

“I think people underestimate my IQ level and what I do in this sport,” Tszyu said. “People think that I just walk forward, but everything I do is on purpose. You know, everything I do is to set traps and find different shots. Everything is for a certain shot.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.