Fast rising Australian star Tim Tszyu will now be facing Steve Park on the 7th of July after the withdrawal of Junior middleweight contender Michael Zarefa from their anticipated grudge match scheduled for a venue in Newcastle.
It was obvious the fight was in jeopardy early this week when Zarefa and his team refused to travel to Newcastle due to the new COVID 19 restrictions, halting of the attendance and the approval by health official to continue the event.
Tsyzu also played a part in the cancelation of the fight as his refusal to agree to a two week postponement of the event with his reason being, Zarefa was looking for ways to walk away from the fight.
“We knew from the moment he looked Tim in the eyes at the press conference and went quiet that he never wanted this fight,” George Rose, the CEO of No Limit Boxing, said.
“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.”
Spark (12-1, 11 KOs) will be taking the fight on a week’s notice and Tsyzu will be hoping the Australian contender will bring his A-Game to the fight, which was evident in Sparks convincing win over No.1 ranked Aussie welterweight contender and former Tyszu rival Jack Brubaker.
“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,” Rose said. “We know he is going to make for an incredibly difficult fight for Tim.”
Tsyzu was very thankful to spark for taking the fight on such a short notice and was quick to reference his spectacular performance against Brubaker, elaborating more on the attributes that makes Spark a great fighter.
“Credit to Steve for taking this fight,” Tszyu said.
“He’s a dangerous fighter with a lot of power. I’ve 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 he’s coming to hit and hit hard. I’m expecting that and much more next Wednesday night. It’s going to be a great fight.”
Spark on the other hand, views the fight as a stepping stone with the realisation that an upset victory will no doubt change his life and career in an instant. Spark believes defeating Tyszu, who presently stands the biggest name in Australian Boxing will introduce him to the world.
“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,” Spark said.
“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.”