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Team Tszyu and Team Zerafa at loggerheads again over potential June bout

Tim Tszyu and Michael Zerafa. Photo credit: James Alcock/Sydney Morning Herald

The feud between Tim Tszyu 22-0 (16) and Michael Zerafa 31-4 (19) continues, with conflicting accounts between the two camps about a fight offer that may or may not have happened.

Tszyu’s promoter Matt Rose of No Limit Boxing says there was an offer made to Zerafa to face Tszyu in the middle of the year as the WBO interim junior middleweight titleholder waited for his shot at undisputed champion Jermell Charlo, but Zerafa’s manager Elvis Grant insists that was not the case.

“I can confirm there was a recent approach again for Zerafa to fight Tim for his next fight before Charlo. Unfortunately, the approach was turned down,” Rose said to News Corp.

“Tim is looking to stay active and he wants to fight the best available.

“Zerafa is the mandatory (for the vacant WBA middleweight title) and PBC asked me if Zerafa would be interested in a fight opportunity.

“This was a world title opportunity.

“Tim has the world title after beating Tony Harrison (last month) and it would have been a massive fight for Australian boxing.

“It was in the preliminary stage, we were looking at possible opponents and Zerafa was one guy on the list.

“Tim wasn’t aware of the offer but would have taken the fight, no problems… how much longer can Zerafa keep avoiding Tim?”

But Grant disputes Rose’s version of events.

“They (the Tszyu stable) are constantly looking for ways to have a dig at Mick and try to make him out to be the guy that runs from fights when that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Grant said.

“I am Mick’s manager and he was never offered this fight by Matt Rose. Matt and I talk and he knows where to reach me.

“Someone from PBC approached me with an offer that was not even worth mentioning.

“Zerafa wants to fight the best and is willing to get in with Tim Tszyu in his next bout if the financial terms are acceptable.

“Tim Tszyu is not a world champion, he’s an ‘interim’ champion. We’re not interested in a purse for that fight.

“Zerafa versus Tszyu is the biggest fight in Australia in years and could very easily do 300,000 (pay-per-view) buys with Zerafa selling the fight.

“Let’s face it… Zerafa is the one that would sell the fight; he has the talent, looks and charisma, plus he’s controversial, so this fight would break all records in Australia.

“The other guy (Tszyu) has the personality of a dead salmon, so Zerafa would take this fight on his shoulders without question and sell it into a PPV monster.

“When the Roses are ready to have a serious discussion and do a 50-50 revenue split, Team Zerafa is ready to sit down and cut a deal.”