EXCLUSIVE Talk about that Tim Tszyu vs Michael Zerafa Boxing ,Tim Tszyu has rushed to Newcastle with Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak throwing his preparations for a July 7 showdown with Michael Zerafa into chaos.
Tszyu was packing his bags for Queensland, before plans changed, with the 26-year-old instead choosing to play it safe and avoid any border-jumping.
“Given what happened today, they decided it had been too risky [to attend Queensland],” No Limit Boxing CEO George Rose told foxsports.com.au.
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Tim Tszyu vs Michael Zerafa was always scheduled to go to Queensland for a final week of sparring within the lead-up to his super welterweight fight with Zerafa, but consistent with Rose, was accelerating those plans after QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the border would shut to parts of Greater Sydney.
With border closures presenting an uncontrollable variable, though, the Tszyu camp decided to skip that preparation during a bid to make sure the fight can plow ahead without a hitch.
“I changed the plan from QLD to Newcastle to get rid of any stress or distraction,” Tszyu’s manager Glen Jennings told foxsports.com.au.
According to Rose, Zerafa will fly direct from Melbourne to Newcastle.
Tszyu trains out of Rockdale in Sydney, but will spend subsequent fortnight in Newcastle, with Jennings confirming plans are already underway to seek out sparring partners.
“He was just about packing his stuff to go to the airport then the choice was made,” Rose said.
“So, he ended up packing up the car and flooring it out of Sydney.”
Tim Tszyu vs Michael Zerafa Jennings confirmed that the entire team made it to Newcastle, including Tim’s grandfather, Boris, and uncle and trainer, Igor.
“We are always able to move,” Jennings said.
It was the choice that scuttled Michael Zerafa’s career even as he’d earned his shot on the planet stage, and his trainer, Sam Labruna, still insists referee John Cauchi was “criminal” for what he did.
It was December 2019 when Zerafa and Jeff Horn were once more locked during a bloody slugfest after the previous welterweight champion triggered a rematch clause following his shock loss in Bendigo just four-months earlier.
With Horn out-on-his-feet within the ninth-round, a second straight victory over the status Queenslander seemed imminent for Zerafa, and with it an undisputed claim atop Australia’s boxing throne.
But his charge was halted, in Zerafa’s view for the incorrect reasons, when referee Cauchi interjected, calling for the doctor to look at a cut on Horn, thus allowing an important 30 seconds of respite which he wont to gather himself and conjure a miracle knockdown.
Horn would eventually move away with a majority decision win, but it is a moment that has so bitterly cursed with Zerafa and his camp that they’re now threatening to steer from his upcoming blockbuster against Tim Tszyu if Cauchi’s anywhere near the July 7 clash.
“Tim Tszyu vs Michael ZerafaI’ll tell you ways serious we are,” Labruna told Wide World of Sports. “We brought it up at the beginning of the negotiations for the fight. That was nine weeks ago.
“I said to Matt Rose and his brother, ‘It’s no use us getting into any longer to speak contracts or anything, we’d like to mapped out officials.’ Because honestly, we’ll not take the fight. we have got other avenues too.
Tim Tszyu vs Michael Zerafa From the instant he said he wanted to be referred to as ‘Micky Hatton,’ Michael Zerafa’s fight with Tim Tszyu on July 7 turned personal.
It’s not almost two of the simplest super welterweights in Australia meeting within the middle of the ring. It’s now about family, pride, pain and private grudges.
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With a touch over fortnight until fight night, Zerafa demanded people call him ‘Micky Hatton’ in regard to the legendary English boxer Ricky Hatton’s convert Tim’s dad Kostya in 2005.
There’s always hype, trash-talk and banter to create interest in fights and sell pay-per-views. Much of it’s fabricated, but this seems like legitimate angst.
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Hatton’s win in Manchester 16 years ago was the last fight of Kostya’s illustrious career and remains a dark day for boxing fans around Australia.
It’s even worse for Tim, who was 10 years old at the time.
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