Michael Zerafa claims Joel Camellieri is “delusional” and has “brain damage” by suggesting they will get in the ring, but moves are afoot to see the duo get on every single other by year’s conclude.
Just days immediately after sensationally pulling out in opposition to Tim Tszyu a 7 days out from their a great deal-anticipated bout, it can be disclosed Zerafa’s administration rung Camellieri’s agent Peter Maniatis to request if he was intrigued in a fight.
“I mentioned ‘yes’ at the drop of a hat,” Maniatis, who promoted Zerafa’s 1st fifteen fights, informed foxsports.com.au.
Zerafa is trying to keep his Australian profession alive immediately after walking away from the greatest fight of his profession subsequent Wednesday in Newcastle.
In his location stepped Stevie Spark, the small-recognized 24-12 months-aged from Toowoomba.
But currently Zerafa is on the hunt for his subsequent fight.
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He has established his eyes on his former sparring husband or wife Camellieri, who established social media alive by submitting that he and Zerafa had been going to go from “teammates to opponents”.
Zerafa was having none of it, telling his enthusiasts on social media it was “fake news”.
Contacted by foxsports.com.au, Zerafa denied his administration experienced spoken to Camellieri’s camp.
“Not at all. He’s delusional. He’s bought brain problems. Our teams have not even spoken,” Zerafa informed foxsports.com.au.
“He’s just trying to ride off the heat I’m having with the media just to stir up all the things and acquire enthusiasts more than.
“He’s going to post factors at the instant, definitely I’m hated at the instant, so he’s just submitting factors and everyone’s like ‘knock him out’.
“My workforce, his workforce, they have not even spoken.
“He would be the past particular person I would fight.
“It’s all untrue.”
Not so in accordance to Maniatis, just one of the most revered boxing voices in the state and a Boxing Corridor of Fame Tv set Host.
“I bought a get in touch with from Sam Labruna,” Maniatis informed foxsports.com.au.
“We spoke about it and we’re going to communicate about it subsequent 7 days. We’re just in pre-negotiation talks.
“The fight hasn’t been created nevertheless mainly because Joel has a major fight with Wes Capper in early-September and then we’re going to get Zerafa immediately after that.”
It’s understood Camellieri’s fight in opposition to Capper will be declared in the coming days.
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Experienced Zerafa’s administration long gone to Maniatis with an previously provide, it is likely Camellieri would have prioritised his former sparring husband or wife but that fight will now likely manifest in November.
“I promoted Zerafa’s 1st fifteen fights,” Maniatis mentioned.
“I was his 1st manager-promoter, I turned him professional. I took Michael to Russia, so I know him very very well.
“We have not agreed to just about anything, we have not even spoken cash, but all they required to know was would Joel fight Michael.
“Both of them have recognized every single other for a long time but the cellular phone get in touch with from Sam Labruna questioned if we would fight Zerafa and I mentioned, ‘yes’ at the drop of a hat.
“He mentioned, ‘let’s make it materialize.’
“But we’ve currently bought a fight dedicated for September. At the time I dedicate fights, I’m a person of my term, so I mentioned to him, ‘After Wes, we’ll go straight on to it’.”
Maniatis is excited about the fight.
Knowing both equally fighters inside of out, he thinks it will be a display that will make as a great deal sound away from the ring as it will inside of it.
“My info is that Fox Athletics is very upset with Michael, so he’s definitely searching about for opponents,” Maniatis mentioned.
“Joel will give him the fight of his lifetime.
“It will be a excellent match.
“We can put titles in entrance of Michael.
“Michael’s a good male. I have bought a whole lot of regard for Michael.
“Joel will fight anybody and I assume that is a fight that will make a whole lot of sound at the time it is completed.”