Tim Tszyu will defend his WBO Global light middleweight title against Steve Spark on July 7 following the late withdrawal of original opponent Michael Zerafa.
Tim Tszyu v Steve Spark Predictions & Tips
We were all ready to see Tim Tszyu put his unbeaten record on the line against Michael Zerafa and considering the comments coming out of Zerafa’s mouth we thought he was ready to go to war – that doesn’t’ seem to be the case.
Zerafa has now withdrawn from the fight following his refusal to travel to Newcastle. Zerafa’s camp wanted to postpone for a fortnight, but Tszyu refused that request.
This was set to be a grudge fight with both fighters voicing their hatred for each other, but this bout may never happen now.
Steve Spark has now been drafted in as his opponent and will square off against Tszyu with just a week’s notice. I fully expected Tszyu to defeat Zerafa quite convincingly, and I cannot see Spark troubling him at all.
Spark has a good future ahead of him, but to face off against a fighter of Tszyu’s calibre on such short notice is ridiculous. This fight will be over quite quickly, Tszyu has 14 wins by knockout from 18 professional bouts and I am backing him to knock Spark out inside four rounds.
Tim Tszyu v Steve Spark Predictions & Tips: Fighter Predictions
Tim Tszyu: “There’s a bit of anger in there—a lot of anger, actually. I’ve been preparing hard for this fight. I really wanted to take this guy out. It’s been a long build-up, a couple of years in the making and a lot of anticipation for this moment. I was only one week out of getting my hands on him. He’s talented, he’s dangerous (Steve Spark). He’s coming with that mentality, there’s nothing to lose. That always provides a dangerous fight when you have that type of mentality. We’ve met a few times. He’s not a bad guy. Right now, I have this fire burning within me. Likeable, unlikeable, there’s no emotion in this anymore. This is all business. You have to be ice cold if you want to succeed. I still do want to get my hands on [Zerafa]. Just for the fact that this made me angry. I’m not happy.”
George Rose (Tszyu’s promoter & the CEO of No Limit Boxing): “We knew from the moment he looked Tim in the eyes at the press conference and went quiet that he never wanted this fight. I knew it. Tim knew it. Australia knew it. He never wanted this fight and all I can say is I’m sorry for everyone who has wanted this fight for so long. We said rain hail or shine, Tim Tszyu was fighting in Newcastle on July 7 and that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Full credit to Steve Spark for taking this fight at short notice. We know he is going to make for an incredibly difficult fight for Tim.”
Steve Spark: “I’m a fighter and fighters fight! I like challenges and life is about taking risks. With no risk, there is no reward! I’m excited! I earned this fight with my last performance. Tim Tszyu beat Jack Brubaker but last time out I battered Jack Brubaker. I cut him and busted his eardrum – it was brutal. Australian boxing fans need to see this fight! I’ve dreamed about fighting Tim Tszyu and obviously, this has come a little bit quicker than I expected but that’s a good thing. I’m fit and I’m ready and I’m coming to Newcastle to win. 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 I’m right where I want to be.”
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