Tim Tszyu vs Stevie Spark: Fight time and how to watch online
Tim Tszyu's Newcastle bout is going ahead after fellow Aussie Stevie Spark stepped in following Michael Zerafa's late withdrawal.
Undefeated Australian boxing star Tim Tszyu has found an opponent to fight him after the late withdrawal of original opponent, Michael Zerafa. Stevie Spark, a 24-year-old Queenslander, will now step into the ring at short notice.
Known as "The Viking", Spark was reportedly "pouring beers" when he agreed to step into the breach left by Zerafa, who quit barely a week out citing concerns about COVID-19 protocols. Tszyu's camp has since rubbished those concerns.
When does Tszyu vs Spark start?
Tszyu (18-0, 14 KOs) and Spark (12-1,11 KOs) meet at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle on Wednesday 7 July. The action begins from 7pm AEST. However, Tszyu and Spark aren't expected to step into the ring until closer to 9:30pm AEST.
How to watch Tszyu vs Spark live in Australia
This latest step in Tszyu's promising career to date is available on pay-per-view through Foxtel's Main Event. You can watch via Foxtel or stream Main Event through Kayo Sports. Both options will set you back $59.95.
Stream Tszyu vs Spark with Kayo Sports
Main Event can now be accessed via Kayo Sports including this fight card and UFC 264. You don't have to be an existing Kayo Sports customer, this option is open to new, returning or existing subscribers. You don't require a Kayo Sports subscription, just an email address and phone number.
Using this link mainevent.kayosports.com.au, you can sign up to watch Tszyu vs Spark. You can also download the Kayo Sports app and access the fights that way.
Once you sign up for $59.95 you'll be able to begin streaming as soon as the event gets underway. On top of that you'll be granted access to Kayo until 11:59pm AEST on Sunday 11 July.
Live stream Tim Tszyu vs Stevie Spark on Kayo: Order the PPV now
Watch Tim Tszyu vs Stevie Spark on Main Event via Foxtel
You have a number of options for accessing Tszyu vs Spark on Main Event. Foxtel customers can order the fight directly on the Main Event website, using the My Foxtel app, via your remote control or by phone. The fight costs $59.95.
Customers with Optus TV featuring Foxtel can also order this super welterweight showdown, but only over the phone. Ordering with a phone agent will incur an additional $2 booking fee.
Tszyu vs Spark fight card
- Tim Tszyu vs Stevie Spark – 10 rounds, super welterweight
- Liam Wilson vs Joe Noynay – 10 rounds, super featherweight
- Wade Ryan vs Troy O'Meley – 10 rounds, super welterweight
- Miles Zalewski vs Lee Fook – 8 rounds, super lightweight
- Sam Ah See vs Czar Amonsot – 8 rounds, welterweight
- Linn Sandstrom vs Natalie Hills – 6 rounds, super flyweight
Who will win Tszyu vs Spark?
Both Tszyu and Spark fight out of the orthodox stance. Tszyu is older (26 to 24) and the more experienced fighter, with 18 bouts to Spark's 13.
Despite Spark's very late call-up, Tszyu was complimentary of him in the pre-fight press conference, saying, "I think he's a good boxer, he's got the skills", before adding that those skills weren't enough to match his own.
"I've got this fire burning within. I'm in it to take this guy out, whoever they put in front of me," Tszyu said.
Spark enters the bout in good fighting condition, having been in camp for a fight that had been scheduled to take place later this month. The man from Toowoomba also impressed in his last fight, a unanimous decision victory over Jack Brubaker that was part of the Paul Gallen vs Justis Huni undercard on 16 June.
He didn't hesitate when the chance to fight Tszyu materialised.
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech believes Tszyu should be wary of Spark, saying, "He (Spark) can punch and he's not scared to fight anyone. They're the ones you've got to be scared of."
With just 7 days' notice, it's hard to see how Spark can ready himself to defeat the undefeated son-of-a-gun Tszyu without something of a miracle taking place.
Maybe the last word should go to Spark, who wrote on social media after accepting the fight, "all it takes is all you got" next to a photograph of him and Tszyu. We have plenty of respect for the young Toowoomba boxer and his "punch or get punched" attitude. We're certain Aussie fight fans will too.
Main image: Main Event on Kayo Sports