Michael Zerafa has officially withdrawn from his highly anticipated fight against rising superstar Tim Tszyu, just seven days before the scheduled bout.
Zerafa’s team cited concerns over COVID-19 restrictions between Victoria, where he resides, and New South Wales, where the bout was set to take place, as the reason he would not travel. However, fight promoters believe Zerafa never intended to take on Tszyu.
“We knew from the moment he looked Tim in the eyes at the press conference and went quiet that he never wanted this fight,” said CEO of No Limit Boxing George Rose. “I knew it. Tim knew it. Australia knew it.
“All I can say is I’m sorry for everyone who has wanted this fight for so long.”
In somewhat of a salvage, No Limit Boxing confirmed fellow Australian youngster Steve Spark has agreed to take the fight againsy Tszyu, on just a week’s notice. The pair will step into the ring in Townsville on July 7.
Spark (12-1, 11 KOs) most recently dismantled number one ranked Australian welterweight Jack Brubaker in Wollongong, and is hopeful of causing a stir when he faces Tszyu next week.