Michael Zerafa says Joel Camilleri is “delusional” and has “mind injury” by suggesting they are going to get within the ring, however strikes are afoot to see the duo tackle one another by yr’s finish.
Simply days after sensationally pulling out towards Tim Tszyu every week out from their much-anticipated bout, it may be revealed Zerafa’s administration rung Camilleri’s agent Peter Maniatis to ask if he was occupied with a combat.
“I mentioned ‘sure’ on the drop of a hat,” Maniatis, who promoted Zerafa’s first 15 fights, advised foxsports.com.au.
Zerafa is attempting to maintain his Australian profession alive after strolling away from the most important combat of his profession subsequent Wednesday in Newcastle.
In his place stepped Stevie Spark, the little-known 24-year-old from Toowoomba.
However already Zerafa is on the hunt for his subsequent combat.
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He has set his eyes on his former sparring associate Camilleri, who set social media alive by posting that he and Zerafa have been going to go from “teammates to opponents”.
Zerafa was having none of it, telling his followers on social media it was “pretend information”.
Contacted by foxsports.com.au, Zerafa denied his administration had spoken to Camilleri’s camp.
“By no means. He’s delusional. He’s bought mind injury. Our groups haven’t even spoken,” Zerafa advised foxsports.com.au.
“He’s simply attempting to journey off the warmth I’m getting with the media simply to fire up the whole lot and win followers over.
“He’s going to put up issues in the intervening time, clearly I’m hated in the intervening time, so he’s simply posting issues and everybody’s like ‘knock him out’.
“My staff, his staff, they haven’t even spoken.
“He can be the final individual I might combat.
“It’s all false.”
Not so in response to Maniatis, probably the most revered boxing voices within the nation and a Boxing Corridor of Fame TV Host.
“I bought a name from Sam Labruna,” Maniatis advised foxsports.com.au.
“We spoke about it and we’re going to speak about it subsequent week. We’re simply in pre-negotiation talks.
“The combat hasn’t been made but as a result of Joel has a giant combat with Wes Capper in early-September after which we’re going to get Zerafa after that.”
It’s understood Camilleri’s combat towards Capper will likely be introduced within the coming days.
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Had Zerafa’s administration gone to Maniatis with an earlier supply, it’s doubtless Camilleri would have prioritised his former sparring associate however that combat will now doubtless happen in November.
“I promoted Zerafa’s first 15 fights,” Maniatis mentioned.
“I used to be his first manager-promoter, I turned him professional. I took Michael to Russia, so I do know him fairly nicely.
“We haven’t agreed to something, we haven’t even spoken cash, however all they needed to know was would Joel combat Michael.
“Each of them have identified one another for a very long time however the cellphone name from Sam Labruna requested if we’d combat Zerafa and I mentioned, ‘sure’ on the drop of a hat.
“He mentioned, ‘let’s make it occur.’
“However we’ve already bought a combat dedicated for September. As soon as I commit fights, I’m a person of my phrase, so I mentioned to him, ‘After Wes, we’ll go straight onto it’.”
Maniatis is happy in regards to the combat.
Understanding each fighters inside out, he believes it is going to be a present that can create as a lot noise away from the ring as it can inside it.
“My info is that Fox Sports activities is fairly upset with Michael, so he’s clearly trying round for opponents,” Maniatis mentioned.
“Joel will give him the combat of his life.
“It is going to be a fantastic match.
“We will put titles in entrance of Michael.
“Michael’s a superb man. I’ve bought a number of respect for Michael.
“Joel will combat anybody and I feel that’s a combat that can make a number of noise as soon as it’s executed.”