Welcome to At The Fights; Predominant Occasion’s Ben Damon’s weekly have a look at the most effective in boxing from Australia and overseas.
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ZERAFA AND TSZYU PLAYING CHICKEN
Michael Zerafa was resulting from fly to Sydney from Melbourne on Wednesday morning for a ‘face off’ model shoot with Tim Tszyu and myself when sickness struck.
“Morning Ben, simply bought dangerous meals poisoning,” learn his textual content message.
“Brown rice and rooster simply didn’t agree with me.”
Since then there have been studies Zerafa was taken to hospital, hypothesis a couple of rib harm and dialogue in regards to the struggle being in jeopardy.
It appears unlikely a bout of meals poisoning seven weeks from this monster occasion might derail it and if that did occur Australian boxing would wish to think about authorized motion in opposition to the poultry business.
Tszyu wasn’t vastly sympathetic, providing: “Perhaps prepare dinner the rooster a bit so it’s not uncooked!”
TSZYU DOESN’T RATE CHARLO
On the brand new episode of The Predominant Occasion Boxing Podcast Tszyu provides his ideas on a number of tremendous welterweight belt-holder Jermell Charlo, and he’s underwhelmed.
“There’s a couple of different types that might be more durable. I don’t price Charlo as excessive as he’s proper now,” says Tszyu.
“He’s by no means in whole management of a struggle. He’s bought energy which could be very fortunate.”
Tszyu ranks Jarrett Hurd, Magomedov Kurbanov, Tony Harrison and Jeison Rosario above Charlo, however he does anticipate Charlo to beat Brian Castano by resolution of their July unification bout.
He additionally welcomes studies that former champ Danny Garcia is stepping as much as tremendous welterweight, saying: “I’ve bought him the bag”.
GALLEN: IT’S AN ABSOLUTE JOKE
So upset is Paul Gallen in regards to the truth Justis Huni has one other struggle booked between now and their heavyweight showdown there was hypothesis he would storm out of Tuesday’s press convention in protest.
Huni fights Christian Tsoye on Wednesday night time (dwell from 8pm AEST on Fox Sports activities 503) in a struggle he believes is essential to his Olympic preparations.
“I hate it. It’s an absolute joke,” says Gallen who would earn nothing if Huni was knocked out or injured and their June 16 bout needed to be cancelled.
“Heavyweight boxing is completely different. It takes one punch to vary it and this Christian Tsoye’s powerful!”
FENECH READY FOR ANYTHING
Gallen’s first spherical stoppage of Lucas Browne shocked everybody, together with the nice Jeff Fenech who has vowed to not underestimate him once more within the Huni struggle.
“I wouldn’t be stunned if I’m stunned once more,” says Fenech.
“Justis is likely one of the most expert guys I’ve seen however I additionally thought even an underdone Lucas Browne had the talent and talent to do some issues that may have upset Gallen and he stopped him in spherical one!”
Gallen and Huni are each anticipating their struggle to finish by way of stoppage.
Gallen: “I feel for me to win I’ve bought to knock him out. If I can get by the primary 4-5 rounds I can knock him out in rounds 6, 7 or 8,” says Gallen.
Huni: “I’ll make him stop. I’m going to interrupt him down and make him quit.”
KIWIS’ BRUTAL BANTER
New Zealanders Andrei Mikhailovich and Alex Hanan practically stole the present at this week’s Gallen v Huni press convention and their expletive-ridden confrontation is proving a success on social media.
The undefeated Mikhailovich is an incredible character who has led an enchanting life since being adopted from a Russian orphanage by his Kiwi dad and mom.
The 23 12 months previous has two children of his personal, together with child Arturo who is called after the fighter upon whom Mikhailovich fashions his boxing model – Arturo Gatti.
BOXING ON FOX SPORTS NEXT WEEK
Justis Huni v Christian Tsoye is dwell on Wednesday night time from 8pm and the WBC Bantamweight World Title struggle between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire is dwell on Sunday 30 Might.