Tim Tszyu vs Steve Spark LIVE updates from Newcastle Entertainment Centre

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Waiting for Godot

So why did Tim Tszyu not accede to Michael Zerafa’s request and just postpone the fight?

In an exclusive interview with the Herald, Zerafa said he was desperate to face Tszyu and only wanted the event put back a few weeks, a move that would allow his team to safely travel to Newcastle without fear of a potential quarantine upon its return to Melbourne.

“I haven’t lost faith,” Zerafa said. “I really want to hurt him this time, to knock him out and make a statement.

“We know we can do it but unfortunately his team don’t want to comply and think COVID is just a joke.

“We want to see it happen; my team is pushing for the fight.”

However, Team Tszyu believes a postponement could have scuppered their chances of a world title shot. Furthermore, they were sceptical over whether Zerafa would actually show even if his demands were met. Tszyu figured waiting for Zerafa was like waiting for Godot.

Michael Zerafa was a no-showCredit:Nine

For the full story on why Zerafa was bypassed, check out the article I wrote for today’s edition of the Herald ...

Well that didn’t last long …

Sam Ah See has made very short work of Czar Amonsot. Ah See hasn’t been in the ring for six years, but was keen to make up for lost time, earning a first-round stoppage.

After having his fist raised in victory, he called out Steve Spark when asked about future opponents.

Couldn’t pick a winner …

One of the first main undercard fights has just finished. Australian Linn Sandstrom took on Natalie Gonzales in a bout for the vacant ANBF Australasian super flyweight title that went the entire six rounds.

It was a tough fight to score … so tough that the judges couldn’t separate them, the result a split draw.

Next up … Sam Ah See takes on Czar Amonsot in a welterweight battle scheduled for eight rounds.

Who is Stevie Spark?

Steve Spark has been punching away in relative anonymity, compiling an impressive 12-1 record as a professional. Significantly, all but one of those wins have come via knockout, suggesting he has the power to stun Tszyu if he connects.

Ironically, it was the one fight that went the distance that put Spark on the map. The Toowoomba product defeated Jack Brubaker in a wildly entertaining affair on the undercard of Paul Gallen’s last fight.

Tim Tszyu weighs in alongside Steve Spark in Newcastle on Tuesday.Credit:Shane Myers

Tszyu, who had previously beaten Brubaker, sat ringside and was suitably impressed. So when Zerafa pulled out, Brubaker got the call that has the potential to change his life.

“This is my golden ticket, my Cinderella moment,” Spark said.

“If I can go out and dethrone the face of Australian boxing, I can set my life up, my family up.”

Spark is well-spoken, doesn’t engage in the usual trash talk and has won plenty of supporters since accepting the Tszyu challenge. But this is a huge step up in class for the 24 year old, against a man seemingly on course for a world title shot.

Welcome to the Tim Tszyu-Steve Spark fight blog

Good evening fight fans!

It’s been perhaps the most unusual build up to a fight I’ve covered (which is saying something considering the number of Anthony Mundine bouts I’ve reported on), but we have finally arrived at fight night.

Tonight’s main event is Tim Tszyu up against a man many of us hadn’t heard of a week ago, Steve Spark. This was of course scheduled to be the anticipated bout between Tszyu and Michael Zerafa, a showdown which has been at least three years in the making. However, Zerafa pulled out just a week before the event, citing health concerns related to the coronavirus hotspots.

Tim Tszyu and Steve Spark are ready to rumble,Credit:Shane Myers.

Rather than postpone or cancel the show, Tszyu’s promoters sought an alternate opponent. Spark was pulling beers in his other job this time last week when he got the phone call that catapulted him into an unexpected clash with the face of Australian boxing.

Spark has stepped up two weight divisions on short notice and now has the chance to pull off one of the biggest sporting upsets of the year.

We’ll bring you all the news, gossip and blow-by-blow action from a stacked card of boxing.

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