Tim Tszyu is set for what is believed to be his last local headliner ahead of his planned title run.
The second-generation boxer will face late replacement Stevie Spark on Wednesday evening at Newcastle (Australia) Entertainment Centre. Both boxers made weight for their scheduled 12-round junior middleweight clash, which airs live domestically on Main Event Pay-Per-View and ESPN+ in the United States.
Tszyu (18-0, 14KOs) checked in at a fit and trim 152.8 pounds, similar to his weight for a fifth-round knockout of former title challenger Dennis Hogan in this very venue just 14 weeks ago.
Spark (12-1, 11KOs) weighed a career-heaviest 153.6 pounds. The 24-year-old from Toowoomba normally campaigns at junior welterweight, having only recently moved up to welterweight for his last bout which was a decision win over former Tszyu victim Jack Brubaker.
Spark accepted the fight just last Wednesday, replacing Michael Zerafa who withdrew after a team decision to not travel from Melbourne for the event as coronavirus numbers continue to surge throughout Australia.
Tszyu is currently the number-one contender—though not the mandatory challenger—to the WBO junior middleweight title currently held by Argentina’s Brian Castaño (17-0-1, 12KOs). The belt will be at stake in Castaño’s upcoming July 17 undisputed championship clash with Houston’s Jermell Charlo (34-1, 18KOs), the division’s reigning lineal/WBC/WBA/IBF champ.
The intention among Team Tszyu is to challenge the winner in the near future, if not straight away.
Below are the weight for the undercard bouts.
Liam Wilson (9-0, 6KOs), Caboolutre, Queensland, 131.8 pounds vs. Joe Noynay (18-2-2, 7KOs), Cebu, Philippines, 129.7 pounds—10 rounds, junior lightweight
Wade Ryan (18-9, 6KOs), Gunnedah, NSW, 152.9 pounds vs. Troy O’Meley (11-1, 2KOs), Newcastle, NSW, 153.7 pounds—10 rounds, junior middleweight
Sam Ah See (13-0-1, 6KOs), Orange, NSW, 145.4 pounds vs. Czar Amonsot (35-5-3, 22KOs) St Kilda, Victoria, 146.4 pounds—8 rounds, welterweight
Linn Sandstrom (1-1, 0KOs), Sydney, NSW, 114.9 pounds vs. Natalie Gonzalez Hills (debut), Sydney, NSW, 114.3 pounds—6 rounds, junior bantamweight
Miles Zalewski (8-1, 6KOs), Brisbane, Queensland 136.4 pounds vs. Lee Fook (0-2, 0KOs), Yass, NSW, 140.2 pounds—8 rounds, junior welterweight
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox