SOME fights can be made with little effort, while others take time to marinate.
A meeting between former Commonwealth titleholder Michael Zerafa and looming challenger Tim Tszyu is one that has been discussed at nauseam.
As speculation continues to grow and with domestic opponents running out for both camps, this could be one to watch in 2019.
What we think:
A limited amateur career hasn’t haltered the fast ascension of Tszyu (11-0, 9 KOs), who has swept through the division.
Despite bypassing the national title, the prodigious talent has worked his way into a lucrative position, earning the opportunity to challenge for the Commonwealth title in February.
Ironically, the title was previously held by Zerafa (25-3, 14 KOs), who vacated the belt in order to face Kell Brook.
The 26-year-old Melbourne native is comfortably sitting towards the top of the division, lacking a domestic rival that would take him to the next level.
The pair share a common opponent in Wade Ryan, whom Zerafa comfortably outpointed over ten heats. Tszyu, 24, also outpointed the tough veteran, but had to climb off the canvas early.
What the experts say – Ben Damon:
“Tszyu will fight for the Commonwealth light middleweight title in February. That title was previously held by Zerafa, who has since gone the distance with Kell Brook.
“There’s been plenty of chatter between these two and Zerafa’s team will likely be angling to get him another significant bout in the UK but a fight between these two stylistically-pleasing young stars would be a boxing fan’s wet dream.
“If the stars align this year, hopefully we will get to see the fight at some point in 2019.”
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