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‘Cinderella Man’ gets dream shot v Tim Tszyu after Zerafa’s shock withdrawal

Jun 30, 2021

Little-known Stevie Spark has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime after Michael Zerafa officially pulled out of his July 7 showdown with Tim Tszyu.
Zerafa withdrew just a week out from the fight, with Spark set to replace him in the headline act of the pay-per-view card on Main Event.
After chasing Tszyu for years, Zerafa backed out of the highly-anticipated super welterweight fight after he and his team raised concerns over COVID-19 restrictions.
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Despite borders currently wide open between Victoria and Newcastle, Zerafas camp was unwilling to risk a potential 14-day quarantine if things worsened in New South Wales, and instead chose to pass up on the opportunity.
We knew from the moment he looked Tim in the eyes at the press conference and went quiet that he never wanted this fight, CEO of No Limit Boxing George Rose said.
I knew it. Tim knew it. Australia knew it.
He never wanted this fight and all I can say is Im sorry for everyone who has wanted this fight for so long.
Having already zoomed up to Newcastle last week, Tszyu will now face 24-year-old Spark (12-1-0), who outclassed Jack Brubaker in April in a statement win.
Ive dreamt about fighting Tim Tszyu and obviously this has come a little bit quicker than I expected but thats a good thing. Im fit and Im ready and Im coming to Newcastle to win, Spark said.
This is Cinderella Man, this is Rocky! This is my golden ticket. If I can go out there and dethrone the biggest name in Australian boxing then Im right where I want to be.
Stevie Spark is ready for the biggest fight of his life.Source: Supplied
After a strangely quiet, problem-ridden lead-up, the Rose brothers at No Limit Boxing had suggested Zerafa was looking for a way out, and he seemingly found it on Wednesday.
Its like they ran out of excuses, and in the end they had nowhere to go but to pull out of the fight, No Limit Boxings Matt Rose told foxsports.com.au.
Tszyu had accepted the Zerafa fight after COVID-19 got in the way of him landing a high-level international opponent. It was due to be his last Australian test after dealing with the likes of Jeff Horn and Aussie-based Irishman Dennis Hogan.
Credit to Steve for taking this fight, Tszyu said.
Hes a dangerous fighter with a lot of power.
Ive seen it for myself. I was ringside at the fight in Wollongong when he hammered Jack Brubaker, and saw how well he did under the bright lights.
He has power, stamina and keeps the pressure on. I know hes coming to hit and hit hard.
Im expecting that and much more next Wednesday night. Its going to be a great fight.