Australian boxing star Tim Tszyu will struggle Michael Zerafa in Newcastle on July 7, placing an finish to months of forwards and backwards exterior the ring.
- Tszyu and Zerafa have exchanged barbs within the media, with Zerafa claiming Tszyu was ducking him
- Tszyu rejected claims he was petrified of Zerafa, citing accidents that prevented an earlier struggle
- Zerafa’s final struggle was a extensively criticised bout with Anthony Mundine
Tszyu’s final struggle in March was additionally on the Newcastle Leisure Centre, when he knocked Irish veteran Dennis Hogan to stay excellent at 18-0 with 14 knockouts.
The 29-year-old Zerafa has a 28-4 file, together with his final struggle a farcical knockout of 46-year-old Anthony Mundine in March.
“Everybody is aware of Mundine was too previous and was on the finish of his sport,” Tszyu mentioned.
However Zerafa mentioned he needed to take the Mundine struggle as a result of Tszyu wouldn’t settle for a struggle.
Tszyu denied claims that he had ducked the bout and rejected a suggestion from his subsequent opponent that he had faked a hand damage to keep away from getting within the ring with him.
“I’ve by no means rejected a struggle,” Tszyu mentioned.
Earlier in his profession, Tszyu’s camp initially expressed curiosity in a conflict with Zerafa, however as an alternative put collectively a formidable run of victories over Dwight Ritchie, Jack Brubaker, Jeff Horn, Bowyn Morgan and Hogan.
“He hasn’t fought anyone like me. He is doing properly. He is disposed of all his opponents however I am a unique fighter,” Zerafa mentioned.
“I’ve finished the issues he is finished however he hasn’t proven but that he can do the issues I can do.
Tszyu mentioned he grew to become extra fascinated with preventing Horn after the previous world champion beat Zerafa of their December 2019 rematch, which sparked various jibes forwards and backwards.
“It is simply been an extended build-up, there’s been loads of issues mentioned that I take personally,” Tszyu mentioned.
“[Now] we’re within the ring and punching one another within the face. That is all that issues.”
Regardless of saying he would let his preventing do the speaking, Zerafa had not less than another barb for his extra embellished opponent.
“I did not have my dad to get me the place I am at,” he mentioned, referencing the nice Kostya Tszyu.
“In case your title was Tim Smith no person would care.”