Rising star Stevie Spark has been handed the chance of a lifetime after Michael Zerafa formally pulled out of his July 7 showdown with Tim Tszyu.
Zerafa withdrew only a week out from the struggle, with Spark set to switch him within the headline act of the pay-per-view card on Major Occasion.
After chasing Tszyu for years, Zerafa backed out of the highly-anticipated tremendous welterweight struggle after he and his crew raised issues over COVID-19 restrictions.
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Regardless of borders at the moment broad open between Victoria and Newcastle, Zerafa’s camp was unwilling to threat a possible 14-day quarantine if issues worsened in New South Wales, and as an alternative selected to go up on the chance.
“We knew from the second he appeared Tim within the eyes on the press convention and went quiet that he by no means wished this struggle,” CEO of No Restrict Boxing George Rose stated.
“I knew it. Tim knew it. Australia knew it.
“He by no means wished this struggle and all I can say is I’m sorry for everybody who has wished this struggle for therefore lengthy.”
Having already zoomed as much as Newcastle final week, Tszyu will now face 24-year-old Spark (12-1-0), who outclassed Jack Brubaker in April in a press release win.
“I’ve dreamt about preventing Tim Tszyu and clearly this has come somewhat bit faster than I anticipated however that’s an excellent factor. I’m match and I’m prepared and I’m coming to Newcastle to win,” Spark stated.
“That is Cinderella Man, that is Rocky! That is my golden ticket. If I can go on the market and dethrone the largest title in Australian boxing then I’m proper the place I wish to be.”
After a unusually quiet, problem-ridden lead-up, the Rose brothers at No Restrict Boxing had advised Zerafa was on the lookout for a method out, and he discovered it on Wednesday.
“It’s like they ran out of excuses, and in the long run that they had nowhere to go however to drag out of the struggle,” No Restrict Boxing’s Matt Rose instructed foxsports.com.au.
Tszyu had accepted the Zerafa struggle after COVID-19 bought in the way in which of him touchdown a high-level worldwide opponent. It was as a result of be his final Australian take a look at after coping with the likes of Jeff Horn and Aussie-based Irishman Dennis Hogan.
“Credit score to Steve for taking this struggle,” Tszyu stated.
“He’s a harmful fighter with numerous energy.
“I’ve seen it for myself. I used to be ringside on the struggle in Wollongong when he hammered Jack Brubaker, and noticed how properly he did underneath the intense lights.”
“He has energy, stamina and retains the strain on. I do know he’s coming to hit and hit exhausting.
“I’m anticipating that and far more subsequent Wednesday evening. It’s going to be a terrific struggle.”