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The day Tim Tszyu took a back seat to Steve Spark

“Probably not at that stage, no,” Spark said.

“Tim has taken off into superstardom and myself, my career is kicking off.

“In the last year and a half I thought we’d share the ring, I just had that inkling. It’s come off a lot quicker than expected, but here we are.

“I feel this is my calling, I just had to jump at the opportunity.”

There will be none of the trash talking that marked the lead up to Tszyu-Zerafa. Spark went to England with Tszyu’s brother Nikita when they were both amateurs in 2012 and the underdog has plenty of respect for the famous fighting family.

“I’ve always been that way, I’ve not hated any of my opponents.


“The thing with the fight game, we have so much in common with each other, if you go around hating people you might miss out on some of the best friends of your life.

“There is no need for some of the animosity that goes around. It’s a sport, it’s a business, but it’s a serious business.”

Any friendship will be put aside on Wednesday night. Spark will jump up two weight divisions to make the fight a reality and believes, despite the odds, that an upset is possible.

“The fact I’m in the opposite cortner means I’m a chance,” he said. “When you have two grown men with 10-ounce gloves on trading leather, it only takes one shot. I’m known to be a power puncher.

“It only takes one to change it. I could cut Tim with a punch and that’s TKO win to me, or I could clip him.

“He’s human, he bleeds as well. He’s coming in to hurt me and I’m trying to hurt him as well.

“It’s our livelihoods. This is my golden ticket, my Cinderella moment. If I can go out and dethrone the face of Australian boxing, I can set my life up, my family up.”

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