There are fears the Tim Tszyu’s next blockbuster fight could be scrapped after a mystery injury to opponent Michael Zerafa.
A press conference earlier this month announced the pair will settle their public war of words at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on July 7 where Tszyu’s WBO global super welterweight title will be on the line.
The sold out fight has now been plunged into chaos with Zerafa’s own team admitting their fighter could be stopped from fighting as a result of a new injury.
The Sydney Morning Herald first reported Zerafa has been hospitalised as a result of a stomach-ribs injury.
Tszyu on Wednesday learned about Zerafa’s injury when the pair were booked in for a promotional tour — only for Zerafa to miss the trip as a result of his injury.
Tszyu told The Daily Telegraph he will hit Tszyu with a barrage of body shots if Tszyu is carrying any type of rib injury.
“If it is a rib injury he needs to make sure he recovers quickly, because he’s going to be getting hit a few times there,” Tszyu told The Daily Telegraph.