MICHAEL Zerafa has offered Tim Tszyu an opportunity to fast-track his ascension with a potentially mouth-watering showdown.
The well-traveled Commonwealth and WBA Oceania light middleweight titleholder has proposed a March 1st meeting in Melbourne, as part of a high-profile card at a yet-to-be-revealed multi-purpose venue, promoted by SLB Fight Night and Peter Maniatis.
“I truly believe I am Australia’s best light middleweight,” said Zerafa to Aus-Boxing.
“I have proven this numerous times, 25 [fighters] have tried 25 have failed. The best is yet to come.”
Zerafa (25-2, 14 KOs) is well aware of the criticism that the unbeaten Tszyu (11-0, 9 KOs) has faced in recent months for the level of his opposition, which has led to this public challenge.
Having switched camps for the third time in twelve months, Zerafa is now at home under the guidance of respected tactician Sam Labruna, best known for his work with defensive wizard Blake Caparello.
After impressing in their debut showing against Colombian Jose Feria last month, the 26-year-old believes his career has benefited greatly from the move.
“The new transition to Team Labruna and [manager] Brendan Bourke has been the best and smartest decision I have ever made,” he explained.
“Mentally, physically and emotionally I am a stronger fighter and showed this at my last fight.”
“I believe I’m on another level and like I’ve said in previous interviews, anything I say, I’m willing to back up. I couldn’t care less about Tim’s last name, his dad can’t fight for him.”
“I believe my skills and ability is on a much higher level than Tim. Come March 1st, I will show why I am Australia’s best and will be victorious again.”
Sam Labruna, who serves as both Zerafa’s trainer and promoter, was vocal in his desire to make a fight that would be listed among the best to be made domestically.
“We are working on a huge card to kick-off 2019 in Melbourne,” added Labruna.
“Along with Peter Maniatis Events, we are looking for the biggest fights in the country. What better way to kick-off proceedings than with a fight between Zerafa and Tszyu.”
“These are the match-ups the public want to see – a fight that needs to happen – so let’s lock it in.”
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