Tim Tszyu vs Stevie Spark, Michael Zerafa slammed over withdrawal, Ben Damon column, Charlo v Castano

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Formally Michael Zerafa refused to fly to Newcastle over issues round Sydney’s Covid outbreak however Tim Tszyu isn’t shopping for it.

“I don’t suppose the story has any reality to it. It doesn’t make sense,” says Tszyu.

“Possibly it’s the prep(aration) he had – some points there. He’s a fighter – he fought Kell Brook – so it’s onerous to consider he’s simply scared. The entire thing has simply blown me away.”

Tszyu has thought-about Jeff Fenech’s concept that Zerafa was anxious out of the competition through the “Micky Hatton” alternate on the ‘face off’ piece I hosted for Fox Sports activities.

“He was undoubtedly rattled. My response was chilly and he didn’t like that. He backed down right away however absolutely that wasn’t sufficient to scare him away. I don’t suppose so anyway.”

Regardless of unprecedented strikes to have Zerafa’s weigh-in shifted to Melbourne so he may fly into Newcastle on struggle day, and presents of personal jets, Zerafa and coach/supervisor Sam Labruna, who doesn’t fly, held agency to their calls for and the struggle collapsed yesterday afternoon.

The workforce needed a written assure from the Victorian Authorities that within the occasion necessary quarantine got here into drive for Victorians getting back from Newcastle they might be exempt.

Presently Victorians are free to journey to Newcastle however should get examined when returning dwelling.

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The legendary Jeff Fenech is in little question Tim Tszyu could have a more durable struggle with Stevie Spark than he would have in opposition to Michael Zerafa.

Fenech gave Zerafa nearly no probability of upsetting Tszyu however he’s seen Spark up shut and believes it is a harmful struggle for the undefeated Aussie.

“Tim’s in an actual struggle now! I used to be within the different nook for Spark’s final struggle when he beat Jack Brubaker who I prepare and I’ve completely little question he’s a harder struggle for Tim Tszyu than what Michael Zerafa would have been,” says Fenech.

“He’s a really proficient child and he believes in himself, and these are the blokes you might want to fear about. I’m actually excited now – I can not watch for this struggle!”

Fenech will be a part of me in commentary on Wednesday evening.


When yesterday’s name got here for Stevie Spark to step in in opposition to Tim Tszyu on per week’s discover the Queenslander was working his part-time job at a pub.

“Exterior boxing I do a bit of labor on the pub and coaching individuals on the gymnasium and I used to be working on the pub when the cellphone rang about 11am. Brendon (Smith – Spark’s coach/supervisor) mentioned it appeared like Zerafa was pulling out and requested how I felt about stepping in” says Spark.

“I headed straight over to the gymnasium and we had a fast chat and mentioned ‘let’s do it’”.

Spark received a style of massive time boxing along with his show-stealing efficiency at Gallen v Browne and it satisfied him he’s destined for fulfillment.

“Fighter’s struggle! That is Cinderella Man. That is Rocky. That is my golden ticket,” says Spark.

“I’ve dreamed about preventing Tszyu and clearly this has come just a little faster than I anticipated however that’s factor. I’m match and I’m coming to Newcastle to win.”

The 24 12 months previous has accepted No Restrict’s provide of a personal jet and flies into Newcastle right this moment.

Meantime former interim world title challenger Czar Amonsot will arrive by industrial airplane from Melbourne in coming days for his undercard bout in opposition to Sam Ah See.

Stevie Spark will get a dream shot at Tim Tszyu.Supply: Information Regional Media


No one is extra relieved than world ranked tremendous featherweight Joe Noynay that Stevie Spark has saved the present.

The Filipino has simply accomplished two weeks in lodge quarantine in Sydney after flying in for his bout with undefeated Queenslander Liam Wilson, with each fighters now in Newcastle.

“If in case you have an enormous coronary heart, you come. You come to the struggle,” says Noynay.

“I’m away from my girlfriend, my household, my pals. It’s an enormous sacrifice. I’ve been alone for 2 weeks, coaching. I’m completely happy to be free.”

“I used to be centered. Coaching within the room alone. Solely coaching. I’ve the preventing spirit. It was very onerous however I’ve to do what I received to do, you already know.”

Noynay is ranked #7 on this planet with the WBO, #12 by the WBC and #15 with the IBF.


There will probably be main Australian curiosity within the tremendous welterweight unification bout between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano, and the bout will probably be dwell on Fox Sports activities later this month.

Charlo holds the IBF, WBC and the reliable model of the WBA belt whereas Castano has the WBO strap.

Tim Tszyu is at present ranked #1 with the WBO, #3 by the IBF and #4 with the WBC.

Charlo v Castano will probably be dwell on Fox Sports activities 507 on Sunday 18 July whereas Fox Sports activities may even present all three weeks of Matchroom’s ‘Combat Camp’ sequence, dwell from the UK in August.

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