n No Limit Boxing can confirm that Michael Zerafa has officially withdrawn from his highly anticipated grudge match against Tim Tszyu.
“We knew from the moment he looked Tim in the eye at the press conference and was silent that he never wanted this fight,” said No Limit Boxing CEO George Rose.
“I knew it. Tim knew it. Australia knew it.
“He never wanted this fight and all I can say is I’m sorry to anyone who has wanted this fight for so long.”
No Limit Boxing has confirmed that Australian boxing’s hottest prospect, Steve Spark, has agreed to fight on one week’s notice.
Spark (12-1; 11 KOs) put in an impressive performance against former Tim Tszyu rival Jack Brubaker to convincingly defeat the number one ranked Australian welterweight.
“We said rain, hail or shine, Tim Tszyu was fighting at Newcastle on July 7th and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.
“All credit to Steve Spark for taking this fight in the short term.
“We know he’s going to make an incredibly tough fight for Tim.”
Tim Tszyu was quick to thank Spark for taking the fight short and knows it’s a dangerous fight.
“Credit to Steve for taking this fight,” Tszyu said.
“He’s a dangerous fighter with a lot of power.
“I saw it for myself. I was in the front row of the fight in Wollongong when he hammered Jack Brubaker and saw how well he was doing under the bright lights.
“He has power, stamina and keeps the pressure on. I know he’s coming hitting and hitting hard.
“I expect that and a lot more next Wednesday night. It’s going to be a big fight.
Stevie Spark was happy to step in.
“I am a fighter and the fighters are fighting!
“I love challenges and life is all about taking risks. Without risk, there is no reward!
I’m excited! I won this fight with my last performance. Tim Tszyu beat Jack Brubaker but last time I beat Jack Brubaker. I cut him and broke his eardrum – it was brutal.
Australian boxing fans need to see this fight!
I had a dream of fighting Tim Tszyu and obviously it came a little faster than expected but that’s a good thing. I’m in good shape and I’m ready and I’m coming to Newcastle to win.
“It’s Cinderella Man, it’s Rocky!” This is my golden ticket.
“If I can go out there and dethrone the biggest name in Australian boxing, then I’m where I want to be.”