'Girl issues': Tim Tszyu's rival takes dig ahead of potential bout

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Tim Tszyu (pictured) smiling at the Paul Gallen and Lucas Browne fight.
Tim Tszyu (pictured) will reportedly fight Michael Zerafa in July. (Getty Images)

Potential Tim Tszyu opponent, Michael Zerafa, has blasted the rising star after claiming the pair have agreed upon a fight.

Tszyu has been long critical and dismissive of Zerafa as an opponent and took aim at him after his victory over Anthony Mundine.

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The rising youngster said Zerafa wasn't in line because, "you don’t get an opportunity by beating a 47-year-old grandfather," in reference to Mundine.

But the hottest commodity in Australian boxing appeared to change his tune after attending the Paul Gallen and Lucas Browne fight.

He claimed Zerafa is “a fight that excites” him and that he was looking to put him in his place.

But the words appeared to hit home with Zerafa.

Zerafa hits back at Tszyu sledge

Zerafa claimed the fight was all but set for Bankwest Stadium in July, despite a "low-ball" offer.

But he also hit back at Tszyu and took a dig at his recent opponent after a similar sledge.

“He came up against a 37-year-old coming off two losses. He can’t talk. He was the one that called out Mundine a year and a half ago and wanted to fight a 44-year-old,” Zerafa told the Wide World of Sports.

Michael Zerafa poses after beating Anthony Mundine during the Anthony Mundine v Michael Zerafa fight at Bendigo Stadium on March 13, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia.
Michael Zerafa poses after beating Anthony Mundine during the Anthony Mundine v Michael Zerafa fight at Bendigo Stadium on March 13, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“For me this is more than just a fight. This is setting myself and family up for life."

Zerafa also hit back at Tszyu's dig about him being persistent for a bout.

“He calls me an ex-girlfriend that won’t go away – I’d be concerned with what’s going on in his personal life he must have girl issues," he added.

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