Rising star Stevie Spark has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime after Michael Zerafa officially pulled out of his July 7 showdown with Tim Tszyu.
Zerafa withdrew just a week out from the fight, with Spark set to replace him in the headline act of the pay-per-view card on Main Event.
After chasing Tszyu for years, Zerafa backed out of the highly-anticipated super welterweight fight after he and his team raised concerns over COVID-19 restrictions.
Having already zoomed up to Newcastle last week, Tszyu will now face 24-year-old Spark (12-1-0), who outclassed Jack Brubaker in April in a statement win.
“I’ve dreamt about fighting Tim Tszyu and obviously this has come a little bit quicker than I expected but that’s a good thing. I’m fit and I’m ready and I’m coming to Newcastle to win,” Spark said.
“This is Cinderella Man, this is Rocky! This is my golden ticket. If I can go out there and dethrone the biggest name in Australian boxing then I’m right where I want to be.”