'Chicken': Tim Tszyu takes swipe at rival's mystery absence

·Sports Reporter
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Tim Tszyu (pictured) during a media conference.
Tim Tszyu (pictured) has hit out at Michael Zerafa over his mystery illness. (Getty Images)

Rising Aussie boxing superstar Tim Tszyu has taken a dig at his opponent Michael Zerafa after reports claimed he was hospitalised in preparation for their bout.

Michael Zerafa is at risk of not being able to make the ring for his upcoming bout against Tim Tszyu after being taken to hospital, complaining of pain in his ribs.

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The 29-year-old was due to fly from Melbourne to Sydney for media commitments, but didn't make his flight after heading to the emergency room on Tuesday night.

With the bout against Tszyu just over a month away, Zerafa's trainer Sam Labruna told Fox Sports if he wasn't able to get through sparring sessions in the coming days, serious questions would have to be asked about whether he would be able to fight at all.

Main Event's Ben Damon said in his podcast he received a message from Zerafa that read: "Morning Ben, just got bad food poisoning."

"Brown rice and chicken did not agree with me."

While there was speculation the hitherto unknown incident of Zerafa's could derail the bout, it appears unlikely food poisoning will rule him out.

And Tszyu couldn't help but tell Zerafa: "Maybe cook the chicken a bit so it's not raw."

Tszyu's dig at division champion

Tszyu looked ahead at future opponents after he claimed he would make a 'statement' in the fight with Zerafa and stop him in the 12 rounds.

But Tszyu also said he doesn't think super-welterweight champion Jermell Charlo poses him the biggest threat.

“There’s a few other styles that could be tougher. I don’t rate Charlo as high as he is right now,” says Tszyu.

“He’s never in total control of a fight. He’s got power which is very lucky.”

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