Michael Zerafa can have his fight towards Tim Tszyu.
But he received’t earn a cent, and no person will have the ability 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 doorways to settle their variations.
“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 stated.
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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 grow to be the pariah of Australian boxing after his sensational backflip, having known as out Tszyu for almost three years, then backing out of the fight and potential $300,000 payday resulting from supposed Covid-19 considerations.
At first, Zerafa stated he wouldn’t journey to Newcastle as a result of he couldn’t convey his nook crew. No Limit had deliberate a non-public jet to fly him and his cornermen to Newcastle and keep at an remoted resort.
Later they offered to permit him to weigh-in in Melbourne, fly in on fight day and flay again instantly after the bout.
Then the Zerafa camp stated it couldn’t be assured they wouldn’t should do a 14-day quarantine upon return to Melbourne.
Two different fighters on the undercard, Czar Amonsot and Natalie Hills, are flying from Melbourne to Newcastle subsequent Monday to compete on Wednesday evening.
The altering excuses and last-minute withdrawal noticed the likes of Jeff Fenech and Billy Dib declare Zerafa pulled out resulting from concern of Tszyu.
Tszyu himself is so furious, he desires to fight Zerafa in a “bare-knuckle” brawl.
“There’s a bit of anger in there, a lot of anger actually,” Tszyu stated.
“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 night together with his crew through the identical personal constitution flight offered to Zerafa’s crew.
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