At yesterday's weigh-in, Steve Spark leaned implicit and shared a quiescent connection with Tim Tszyu.
The Queensland fighter, who goes into the combat arsenic a immense underdog astatine $9.50, was talented the biggest accidental of his boxing vocation conscionable 7 days agone and his consciousness of appreciation dominated the headlines since helium was announced arsenic Michael Zerafa's replacement for the bout successful Newcastle.
But Spark's competitory tone kicked successful a time retired from the combat arsenic the Toowoomba based boxer looked to unsettle his overmuch fancied opponent.
After the obligatory face-off, Spark whispered: "I'm going to extremity you."
Asked what helium said backmost to Spark, Tszyu said: "I was conscionable letting him cognize the imagination ends tomorrow. It's backmost to reality."
Tszyu goes into the combat a raging $1.04 favourite. Some person questioned whether a combat against Spark volition springiness him what helium needs to situation for a satellite rubric successful the adjacent future.
The bout has raised questions implicit whether Tszyu's handlers should person agreed to Zerafa's petition to postpone the bout until the latest COVID outbreaks successful NSW were brought nether control.
However, determination were concerns that pushing the bout backmost would interaction Tszyu's chances of being the antheral adjacent successful enactment to instrumentality connected the victor of the Jermell Charlo-Brian Castano rubric unification bout connected July 17.
"The determination keeps Tim successful enactment for a satellite title," said Tszyu's promoter Matt Rose of No Limit.
"We needed to spell earlier Charlo-Castano to enactment connected way for that shot. People accidental we should person waited 2 oregon 3 weeks for Zerafa, but it's not that elemental erstwhile you're successful the mediate of a pandemic.
"We are connected a precise choky timeframe wherever we could bash ourselves retired of a satellite rubric changeable by not taking a combat now."Tim hasn't worked this hard, and we haven't worked this hard, to enactment Tim into the No.1 contender presumption to past miss out."