Tim Tszyu takes on Michael Zerafa in a spicy super welterweight showdown in Newcastle on Wednesday, July 7. 

Tszyu is coming off a dominant win over Dennis Hogan in March, while Zerafa most recently knocked out Anthony Mundine.

There was a bit of heat in the press conference announcing the fight in May, but it's gone relatively quiet less than a month out. 


Here's everything you need to know about Tszyu vs Zerafa. 

WHAT HAPPENED TO TIM TSZYU VS MICHAEL ZERAFA?
Zerafa's camp claims there are too many risks involved in travelling to Newcastle from Melbourne for the fight, although rumours have been swirling about a bad sparring session. 

Zerafa's manager Sam Labruna denied those claims, telling Sporting News Zerafa is one kilogram off weight and ready to fight. 

Labruna says he "hasn't received a COVID-safe plan" from No Limit, despite New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro saying the bout is safe to go ahead. 

In steps Steve Spark.

Speaking to media on Thursday, Tszyu - who was ringside for Spark's win over Jack Brubaker in April - was in no mood to hear excuses, instead shifting his attention to the 12-1 Spark. 

For what it's worth, Jeff Fenech  believes late-replacement Spark will pose a tougher challenge for Tszyu.

WHO IS STEVE SPARK?

Steve Spark is a 24-year-old boxer from Toowoomba in Queensland. 

After turning pro in 2014 while still a teenager, Spark set about putting the Australian boxing scene on notice, cutting a swathe through the super-lightweight and welterweight divisions.

He most recently defeated Jack Brubaker, an opponent he shares with Tszyu, via unanimous decision on the undercard of Paul Gallen's win over Lucas Browne in April.

The fight with Tszyu will see Spark jump up a division to super welterweight but he's determined to cause a boilover.

WHEN IS TIM TSZYU FIGHTING STEVE SPARK? 

The fight will be held on Wednesday, July 7. 

It will be just over three months since Tszyu's last fight against Dennis Hogan. 

WHERE IS TSZYU VS SPARK? 
The fight will be held at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, which has been renamed the "Tszyucastle Entertainment Centre" in honour of Tszyu's huge popularity in the town. 

Tszyu first fought there in March, but his dad, Kostya fought there seven times. 

TSZYU VS SPARK TICKETS 

Tickets for the fight sold out in record time, with promoters No Limit forced to find extra seating to cater for the huge demand. How the event will handle the new COVID-19 restrictions is being handled. 

Get the remaining tickets here.

HOW TO WATCH TSZYU VS SPARK 

The fight will be shown live on Kayo's pay per view. 

It will cost $59.95. 

Get access here

TIM TSZYU VS STEVE SPARKSTREAM 
You can also stream the fight on Kayo in Australia . It will be the fourth time Tszyu's fights have been made available on Kayo following his wins over Jeff Horn, Bowyn Morgan and Hogan. 

Purchase the fight on Kayo right here, right now.

TSZYU VS SPARK UNDERCARD 

As always with No Limit shows, the undercard is stacked with talent. These are some of the confirmed fights, with more crackers set to be made official soon. 

Tim Tszyu vs Steve Spark - super welter
Liam Wilson vs Joe Noynay - super feather
Wade Ryan vs Troy O'Meley - super welter
Sam Ah See vs Cesar Amonsot - welter
Linn Sandstrom vs Teagan Wallace - super fly
Jason Fawcett vs Jamie Alleyne - super welter

REMEMBER WHEN MICHAEL ZERAFA BROUGHT UP KOSTYA TSZYU VS RICKY HATTON? 
Michael Zerafa kicked things off two weeks before the fight by bringing up Kostya Tszyu's loss to Ricky Hatton in 2005. 

Zerafa said he wants to be known as "Micky Hatton" for this fight. It didn't go down well with Tszyu's camp. 

Read about the fallout here.  

WHY ZERAFA'S HATTON SLEDGE HIT SO HARD

Tim Tszyu generally remains emotionless and calm during heated pre-fight build-ups, but this one stuck.

Here's why it hit so hard.  

TIM TSZYU'S MAD DASH TO NEWCASTLE

With COVID restrictions being introduced across Sydney, Tszyu was forced into a mad dash to Newcastle two weeks before the fight. 

Based in Sans Souci, Tszyu left Sydney on Wednesday, June 23rd and will complete the rest of his training camp in Steel City. 

Read more about it here. 

TIM TSZYU RECORD - BOXREC 

Tim Tszyu is a perfect 18-0 with 14 knockout wins. 

He has finished his four most recent fights inside the distance, with Dwight Ritchie the last man to take him to a decision. 

MICHAEL ZERAFA RECORD - BOXREC 

Zerafa is 28-4 as a professional, with 17 wins by knockout. 

Three of his losses have been by decision, with defeats to Jeff Horn, Kell Brook and Arif Magomedov. 

His one stoppage defeat was to Peter Quillin in 2015. 

STEVE SPARK RECORD - BOXREC

Spark is 12-1 as a professional, with 11 knockouts.

His most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over the dangerous Jack Brubaker in April at welterweight.

Schedules

  • Occurred Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 — all day

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