Steve Spark has straightaway accepted the pay-per-view fight against Australian colleague Tim Tszyu, replacing Michael Zerafa just four days before the fight goes down.
Zerafa had pulled out of the fight last evening, citing health concerns amid the coronavirus situation in the country.
The boxing fraternity has not been kind to Zerafa after he turned down the fight on the eleventh hour.
Especially the boxing legend in Billy Dib, who called Zerafa’s decision “weak”. He feels that bailing out of the fight is equivalent to tarnishing the reputation of the former Commonwealth super-welterweight champion.
Spark, who is regarded as one of the nicest guys in the sport, did not take too long to decide whether he will take on Tszyu in the WBO Global title fight in the 10-round bout.
Speaking to Fox Sports, he revealed how everything happened.
“I was at work. I was at Club Glenvale. A nice little club out there and serving beers,” Spark tells foxsports.com.au.
“I got a call from Brendon (Smith – Spark’s trainer/manager) and he said, ‘how are you feeling, how are you going?’
“I said, ‘what’s up?’
“He said, ‘I’ve just got an interesting call from George Rose. He wants to know if you’ll fight Tim Tszyu.’
“I said ‘OK, what’s the money?’ And we got talking. So, I said ‘OK, so I left work, and we had a conversation and after about half an hour I said, ‘OK, we’re on, let’s do it.”
At 4 pm, the boxer signed the contract.
When is Tszyu vs Spark?
Steve Spark will box Tszyu on July 7, Wednesday. The fight night will commence at 4 a.m. ET / 1 a.m. PT.
Where is Tszyu vs Spark?
The Tszyu vs Spark showdown will be hosted at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales.
How to Live Stream Tszyu vs Spark fight?
Fans can either purchase the PPV event or watch the fight live on Kayo Sports after the platform’s subscription.
It offers a free trial for two weeks.
|Division||Fighter №1||Fighter №2||Notes|
|super welterweight (154 lbs)||Tim Tszyu||Steve Spark||For WBO Global tit.|
|super featherweight (130 lbs)||Liam Wilson||Joe Noynay||For WBO Asia Pacific tit.|
|super welterweight (154 lbs)||Wade Ryan||Troy O’Meley||For IBO International tit.|
|welterweight (147 lbs)||Sam Ah See||Czar Amonsot|
|super lightweight (140 lbs)||Miles Zalewski||TBA|
|super flyweight (115 lbs)||Linn Sandstrom||Natalie Hills||For vacant Australian National Boxing Federation Australasian Female tit.|
|super welterweight (154 lbs)||Enja Prest||Connie Chan|
Training for merely three to four days is just not enough, especially when an opponent like Tim Tszyu is in front of you inside the ring.
While Stevie Spark has an impressive 12-1 record that earns him a lot of respect, we are afraid this just might not be enough to overwhelm the title-holder.
His decision to step up on such short notice should be hailed, but that doesn’t mean he stands a lot of chance to snatch the crown from his Australian counterpart.