Tim Tszyu has offered Michael Zerafa another chance to fight him – but it won’t be on Main Event or even the car park.
Michael Zerafa can have his fight against Tim Tszyu.
But he won’t earn a cent, and nobody will be able to watch.
Team Tszyu has declared after Zerafa’s spectacular withdrawal from the July 7 bout that the Melbourne fighter can have a sparring session with Tszyu behind closed doors to settle their differences.
“Michael Zerafa will never get the opportunity to get another payday against Tim Tszyu, how could we ever trust that if we signed him to fight Tim again that he wouldn’t do the same thing and pull out at the last minute,” fight promoter No Limit Boxing boss Matt Rose said.
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“The trust is simply gone, from us, from Main Event. We just couldn’t work with Zerafa again.
“But there is no doubt Tim Tszyu wants to fight him, so here is what we can do.
“Michael Zerafa and Tim Tszyu can have a sparring session in a gym, not for money but to finally put an end to the rivalry, and we’ll close off the gym so nobody is allowed to watch.
“And then we will send out a photo of the aftermath of the sparring session, a photo of Zerafa unconscious on his back, which is exactly how the fight would have ended up anyway.”
Zerafa has become the pariah of Australian boxing after his sensational backflip, having called out Tszyu for nearly three years, then backing out of the fight and potential $300,000 payday due to supposed Covid-19 concerns.
At first, Zerafa said he would not travel to Newcastle because he could not bring his corner crew. No Limit had planned a private jet to fly him and his cornermen to Newcastle and stay at an isolated hotel.
Later they offered to allow him to weigh-in in Melbourne, fly in on fight day and flay back immediately after the bout.
Then the Zerafa camp said it could not be guaranteed they wouldn’t have to do a 14-day quarantine upon return to Melbourne.
Two other fighters on the undercard, Czar Amonsot and Natalie Hills, are flying from Melbourne to Newcastle next Monday to compete on Wednesday night.
The changing excuses and last-minute withdrawal saw the likes of Jeff Fenech and Billy Dib claim Zerafa pulled out due to fear of Tszyu.
Tszyu himself is so livid, he wants to fight Zerafa in a “bare-knuckle” brawl.
“There’s a bit of anger in there, a lot of anger actually,” Tszyu said.
“I’ve been preparing well, preparing hard for this fight and I really wanted to take this guy out.
“It’s been a long build-up, a couple of years in the making, so there’s been a lot of anticipation for this particular moment, and I was only one week out from getting my hands on him.
“I still want to get my hands on him just for the fact that he‘s made me angry. I’m not happy, I’m quite frustrated, so I do want to get my hands on him, but we’ll have to sit down with the team later on and consider what we do. But I do want to get my hands on him.”
Instead, Tszyu (18-0, 14KO) will fight Steve Spark (12-1, 11KO), who arrived in Newcastle on Thursday evening with his team via the same private charter flight offered to Zerafa’s team.