Aussie rival takes heated post-fight spray at Tim Tszyu

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Tim Tszyu is confronted by Michael Zerafa after beating Bowyn Morgan in Sydney.
Michael Zerafa called out Tim Tszyu after his impressive win against Bowyn Morgan. Pic: Twitter

Tim Tszyu is the hottest name in Aussie boxing right now so it's only natural that other fighters want to get a piece of the action.

Fellow Australian boxer Michael Zerafa decided he'd have a crack, moments after Tszyu's latest jaw-dropping win against Kiwi fighter Bowyn Morgan.

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The son of legendary boxer Kostya Tszyu cemented his own growing reputation in the fight world with a stunning first round KO victory, after just two minutes in Sydney on Wednesday night.

While Tszyu was busy soaking in the adulation from the crowd at Bankwest Stadium, Zerafa decided to goad the 26-year-old about a potential fight with him.

Michael Zerafa and Tim Tszyu can be seen here exchanging words after the latter's win.
Tim Tszyu and Michael Zerafa had a bit to say to one another in Sydney on Wednesday night. Pic: Twitter

Zerafa hasn't fought since losing his rematch against Jeff Horn in December last year, having knocked out the former Aussie champion the first time they fought in 2019.

Tszyu also beat Horn in a TKO win in August this year that made the boxing world sit up and take notice.

With Horn looking to be in severe trouble at the end of the eighth round, his team threw in the towel before Tszyu had the chance to knock him out.

It was a fact Zerafa was keen to remind Tszyu about after Wednesday's fight as he could be heard taunting the young boxer and throwing down a challenge to take him on.

“Mate, I’ve got a world title to win,” Tszyu said as he started to walk away.

The pair could be heard exchanging a few more pleasantries, with Zerafa still attempting to get under Tszyu's skin after the 26-year-old had walked away.

“Step up, I’m here,” Zerafa finished off by saying.

Tszyu then all but shut down any suggestion of a fight with Zerafa, taking a subtle dig at the boxer before insisting his focus was on the best fighters from overseas.

“This was a world title eliminator for me. So there’s only two names on the hit list right now. That’s (Brian) Castano and (Patrick) Teixeira,” he said.

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“I want top five in the world. My manager has a plan for me. At the end of the day, he (Zerafa) just lost to Jeff Horn and he’s fighting Anthony Mundine. So he’s in his own little bubble.”

The 26-year-old's victory set up a world title showdown with either Brazilian belt holder Patrick Teixeira or Argentine Brian Castano.

Tszyu doesn't care who he faces and still plans to enjoy a Christmas break in Queensland.

"But I'll be training, that's for sure," he said."

"I'm a very goal-driven person. I set myself a goal and the goals keep climbing up, unfortunately.

"But that's what keeps me being so obsessed with my training and that's what allows me to keep getting up each morning."

COVID-19 delays and complications have led to the WBO placing a deadline of January 6 for Teixeira to defend his title against Argentine Castano.

Otherwise Teixeira will be stripped of his title and a fight between Tszyu and Castano for the vacant belt will be ordered.

Tszyu said if Teixiera or Castano weren't prepared to fight in Australia, he'd jump on the first flight to South America to take on either of them.

But he hoped his world title fight would be in Australia, most likely Sydney again.

"If we're doing shows like this, why wouldn't they (come)? You can fight in front of no-one in America or fight here in front of a big crowd," he said.

with AAP

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