The naysayers say Stevie Spark is there simply to make up the numbers in opposition to Tim Tszyu after Michael Zerafa’s late withdrawal.
Spark couldn’t care one iota.
“Under no circumstances, it creates a greater story and I stay up for proving all of them mistaken,” he informed reporters in Newcastle, having flown down from Toowoomba on Thursday afternoon, lower than 24 hours after the decision of a lifetime.
“That excites me, that motivates me.
“I do know that no-one is giving me an opportunity and I stay up for proving all of them mistaken. I’m going to indicate them what I’m manufactured from and why I’m a Viking.”
If Spark is nearly as good together with his fists as he’s together with his easy speaking, Wednesday evening’s tremendous welterweight in opposition to Tszyu can be one thing to behold.
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A powerful puncher, the boy from Toowoomba has proven what he’s able to lately with various knockouts.
He says that his factors victory in opposition to Jack Brubaker earlier within the yr, the battle that introduced him to Australia and caught the attention of Tszyu, confirmed he’s not only a heavy-handed man.
“They do speak about me being a knockout artist, however I may also field as nicely,” Spark says. “I confirmed that with the Jack battle.”
However after choosing up a cellphone name while pouring beers at work, Spark is aware of what’s on the road.
“If I can upset Tim Tszyu on this battle, I’ll turn into the face of Australian boxing so I do know what’s at stake,” Spark mentioned.
The knockabout 24-year-old speaks of boxing like a fairy story.
He references film heroes of generations passed by.
However what else explains his final minute “dream” call-up, which has come from the heavens.
“I’m not right here to make up the numbers. I’m right here to win,” he says.
“I’m right here to upset the apple.
“It’s all respect between me and Tim.
“On the finish of the day, we’re in all probability the 2 nicest blokes in Australian boxing. We conduct ourselves in an important method.
“However once we step up into that ring, me and Tim imply enterprise.
“We’re each going to go in there to harm one another and we’re each right here to win.
“If I can pull this off, it’s in all probability the best upset in boxing historical past in Australia.
“Which means the world to me and that is my golden ticket. I’m the Cinderella Man on this battle and I’m Rocky [Balboa], I’m right here to win.”
Tszyu is the heavy favorite.
After all he’s.
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Spark wasn’t even within the image firstly of the week.
Not in line with Spark anyway.
“Each man could be overwhelmed,” Spark says.
“He’s a human, he has two fists, he has a heartbeat and, look, he bleeds purple too.
“I do know I earned this shot, I 100 per cent earned this shot as a result of Tim picked me as a result of I’m somebody he hasn’t sparred and I’m somebody he hasn’t fought, and I impressed him on that final card.
“He noticed what I did in opposition to Jack Brubaker. I dismantled him after that first spherical and completely pulverised him.
“Tim picked me as a result of I imagine I pose the most important risk in Australia to him due to the efficiency I placed on and the thrill.”